A sinkhole underneath a resort near Disney World in Florida formed late Sunday night. The 60-foot wide sinkhole destroyed part of the resort forcing all residents to leave the building.
Firsthand reports from guests stated that the building was shaking and lights were falling eventually resulting in a partial collapse of the resort. A 15-foot deep crater formed as a result of the sinkhole and then swallowed the majority of one of the buildings, according to Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar.
The evacuation first began last night around 10:30 pm when a guest reported that a window had blown out. Only a short time after the guests were taken out of the building, the entire thing began to collapse on itself.
One of witnesses, Maggie Ghmary told reporters that a couple had to jump out of a window with their baby in order to escape from the building because the door frame broke and they could not get into the hallway.
Even though a large portion of the building has been affected, guests are being given alternative rooms on the other side of the resort because of their troubles.
Many of the guests were in such a rush that they ended up leaving all of their belongings in their rooms due to fear or simply because they had no clue what was going on. One woman said that the tub she was in actually began to levitate, which prompted her to put clothes on and leave immediately.
In total, the resort has 900 units spread out over a large bit of land near Disney World. Out of the 900, 48 three-story units were destroyed as a result of the sinkhole.
Luckily, there was enough warning prior to the collapse that no one was killed, but around 30 guests did lose all of their personal belongings, which had been in their respective rooms.