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Her home began cracking, and then it started sinking. Will it get swallowed up?

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue officials responded to the home and found cracks in the outside and inside walls and a huge separation between the ceiling and wall in the living room area. Officials said the woman called for help around 11:30 p.m. She said she heard cracking sounds from throughout the home.
Palm Harbor Fire Rescue officials responded to the home and found cracks in the outside and inside walls and a huge separation between the ceiling and wall in the living room area. Officials said the woman called for help around 11:30 p.m. She said she heard cracking sounds from throughout the home.

A Florida woman was forced to leave her home after she heard a loud crack in the middle of the night, according to reports. Officials are working to determine whether it is a sinkhole.

The woman called for help around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday after hearing and seeing cracks throughout her Palm Harbor home, according to Spectrum Bay News 9.

Palm Harbor Fire officials have blocked off the home until an official cause for the cracks can be determined. Structural engineers were scheduled to visit the home Wednesday.

Authorities told WFLA News Channel 8 that there was a crack in the home’s pool as well, and water was leaking into the ground and the home sunk about five inches since emergency crews arrived Tuesday night.

Firefighters continue to inspect the home every half hour, looking for new cracks.

ABC Action News reports that there are visible cracks in the side of the house and that the wall is separating from the ceiling.

The woman who lives in the home, WFLA reports, was able to grab a few things and will stay with a friend.

A neighbor told ABC Action News that they know about the incident in the house next door but don’t need to evacuate.

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