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TAMPA, Florida (WFLA) — Hillsborough County officials ordered houses next to the deadly sinkhole site in Seffner condemned and unfit to live.
The sinkhole opened up at 240 Faithway Dr. in Seffner in February and swallowed Jeff Bush and his bedroom, burying him alive.
Rescue teams couldn’t retrieve Bush’s body.
Demolition crews leveled the house and filled the sinkhole.
County administrator Michael Merrill said in a memo that engineering consultants performed geophysical testing at the two properties adjacent to the house.
They found additional sinkhole activity and unstable soils at the sites.
Chuck Halloway lives next door to one of the homes that will be condemned.
His house is just feet away.
He worries his own home may not be safe.
“We’re all worried about this place around here,” Halloway said. “They tear this house down, what am I going to do? I don’t know.
Halloway has been spending a lot of time looking over his fence into his neighbor’s backyard.
He swears the orange tree next door is lower than it used to be, and there’s a gap under the concrete slab outside the backdoor.
“It looks like from here, where I can see in my backyard, like it just sunk,” Halloway said.
Officials stated that repair expenses to the properties will be higher than the houses’ values.
Based on the Florida laws they deemed the houses condemned and unfit for living.
The county officials said in the memo, if the owners wanted to go back into the houses the engineers recommended additional tests to make sure the ground wasn’t moving at the sites.
At the same time the county made the determination the homes at 238 and 242 Faithway Dr. need to be condemned, it also released video of the inside of the sinkhole.