On Mar. 1, 2013, authorities announced that a man swallowed by a massive sinkhole under his Brandon, Fla. bedroom is now presumed dead.
According to CNN, the man vanished Thursday night when the large hole opened up under him. He cried out for help and his brother attempted to save him, but was unable to do so, an emergency official told the national news media outlet.
Jessica Damico, a spokesperson for the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, told CNN that when law enforcement arrived on scene, they pulled the man’s brother from the naturally occurring sinkhole that continued to grow larger.
She said it has not yet been confirmed that the man is dead, but “it’s safe to presume… There is no evidence of him being alive.”
By late Thursday night, the gigantic hole was about 100 feet wide and growing, thus homes in the were evacuated.
CNN notes that the ground covering the enormous hole is “mostly intact, but it could buckle” and swallow the home as well as residences nearby.
One toddler and five adults were inside the incident took place, according to the report.