Large sinkhole opens in Winter Park

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WINTER PARK, Florida (WKMG) -- Firefighters said a massive sinkhole -- at least 40 feet by 50 feet wide and 30 feet deep -- opened in the back yard of a Winter Park home.

The sinkhole is located behind a home in the 2300 block of Roxbury Road, not far from Interstate 4 and Fairbanks Avenue.

The homeowner, Suzie Blumenauar, told CBS affiliate WKMG Local 6 she was celebrating her birthday Monday night and when she got home she noticed the sinkhole.

"What is going on here? This is devastation. The whole back yard is a mess," Blumenauar said.

Fire crews said the sinkhole has swallowed up half of Blumenauar's pool and extends into her neighbors' yards. 

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On Tuesday, the Orange County Division of Building Safety declared two homes, including Blumenauar's, unsafe and the occupants have been ordered to leave.

Inspector Bob Amado said the county does no determine the cause of events like this.  He said it was up to geo-inspectors that will be hired by the homeowners' insurance companies, and he refused to speculate what may have caused it.

Fire crews have not determined a cause for the sinkhole, but the city has been drilling a well nearby, something James Russo has concerns about. He lives across the street and worries the sinkhole could spread.

"The thought of that happening, if something opens up, it makes me nervous," said Russo.

Fire crews roped off the area in the back yard and officials will continue to monitor the hole.

In February, a sinkhole opened beneath a home in Seffner, near Tampa, swallowing and killing a man.

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Seffner Sinkhole: Man tells tale of rushing to save brother from sinkhole

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Sinkhole Map: Florida Sinkhole map provided by the Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Geological Survey (PDF)

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