Jeff Bush, 37, was killed Thursday when the 100 foot wide and 50 foot deep sinkhole opened up while he was sleeping in bed. His brother Jeremy Bush tried to save Jeff after he heard him screaming in the bedroom following the deafening sound of the sinkhole opening up under the house. Jeremy started digging frantically in an attempt to find his brother, but ended up getting his legs stuck in the dirt that had fallen into the sinkhole and had to be saved by a Sheriff's deputy.
Authorities in the community outside of Tampa called off the search for Jeff Bush after lowering a sound devise into the sinkhole and found no signs of life. They also made the painful decision to fill the hole in with Jeff Bush's body left in there after it was determined the ground was too unstable to continue searching for the man.
There were six people in the house at the time of the accident, and Jeremy Bush and his family members were allowed to enter for a brief period of time Saturday to remove what they could from the house before it was demolished.
On Sunday morning as crews started to destroy the house with a backhoe about 100 people gathered in the street out in front of the home to honor Jeff Bush and help the family grab what it could as personal items were dragged on to the front lawn. A small memorial has sprung up at the mailbox of flowers and stuffed animals.
Engineers will return to the sinkhole after the house has been cleared from the lot and do more tests to see how stable the ground is under surrounding homes in the neighborhood. The house next door to the Bush residence had to be evacuated after it was determined the sinkhole had grown under their house as well.