Family Captures Escape From Sinkhole Resort on Video

Part of a Florida resort crumbled into a 100-foot sinkhole in the middle of the night.
2:17 | 08/13/13

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Thanks very much. We turn to the incredible video of the moment a luxury resort was swallowed up by a sinkhole. It happened near orlando, florida. And dozens of frightened guests fled for their lives. Abc's steve osunsami has the latest on what caused the earth to open up in clermont, florida. Good morning, steve. Reporter: Good morning, lara. This is as close as we can get to much of the villa. Much of the state sits on limestone. The water below eat at the stone. And heavy rain pushes into it. Leaving you with this. Here's video that explains why florida authorities are so worried. What was a perfectly normal vacation villa with two dozen units that are three floors high, all crumbling into a 100-foot sinkhole. This morning, florida inspectors and scientists are testing deep into the soil. Families who were forced to evacuate sunday night from the buildings next door, are waiting for the good word that they can return to their vacation rentals. We heard a big boom. And the bathtub lifted up and went down. Reporter: In building 104, that looks like it's circling a drain, dozens of families ran for their lives when the earth gave way and lost everything they had. The balconies were collapsing. Like one on top of the other. Reporter: This is a photo of maggie, her kids and their three friends all here from virginia, just moments before the building caved in. Everybody was in. Reporter: And this is cell phone video from when they escaped. She managed to grab the keys and the kids but nothing else. You don't see building every day twisting on itself, like it's in a vortex. And coming down around you. Reporter: Richard shanle runs security for the resort. He ran through the halls, yelling for families to get out. As I went from one side to the other, the building did drop 10 to 20 inches every time i went up a level. Reporter: But the shifting walls left many of the doors jammed shut. One family with a baby had to break through a window. The people who were staying here have been moved to other rentals on this property. Authorities do believe that the sinkhole is relatively stable at this time.

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