The hotel, located in Lake County, Fla., had one section start to collapse while another part began sinking at 3 a.m. About 30% of the hotel was lost in the collapse, including 48 three-story units. The land that the hotel was built on passed a geological test when it was built 15 years ago and there were no signs on Sunday that a sinkhole was developing. It took about 15 minutes to evacuate everyone from the hotel, no one was injured. The sinkhole is around 40 to 50 feet in diameter and is believed to be getting deeper, reports the Associated Press.
“I had to run literally from end to end of the building to get people out. While you are running by, pieces of the building are falling down behind you,” Richard Shanley, the hotel’s security guard, told The Orlando Sentinel. ”So you just do what you can and get out. “