Condos collapse into sinkhole near Disney World

A building at the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Fla, shows damage from collapsing into a sinkhole early Monday / Alma Rodriquez, AP


gineers on Monday were trying to determine the extent of the damage after luxury resort condominiums crumbled into a massive sinkhole a few miles east of Disney World.

Dozens of guests at the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Fla., had only 10 to 15 minutes to escape the cracking, collapsing building, The Orlando Sentinel reports. No injuries were reported, but many fleeing guests left behind all their belongings — including medications.

About 30% of the three-story structure collapsed early Monday, Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar said. The villa at the Summer Bay Resort had already been evacuated and no injuries were reported.

“My heart sunk. I was sick to my stomach,” resort president Paul Caldwell told the Sentinel after getting a call about 10:30 p.m. Sunday that the 15-year-old building full of guests was splintering. “No doubt there would’ve been injuries if they hadn’t gotten the building evacuated.”

The sinkhole is about 50 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep. Firefighters went door-to-door of building 104, a three-story building of garden-style apartments, to help guests escape from the splintering and cracked building frame.

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