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Campton woman recalls Florida condo's collapse in sinkhole
Debbi Ward of Campton’s villa at Summer Bay Resorts in Clermont, Fla., collapsed in a sinkhole. (COURTESY)
Within minutes, Ward and her family were standing outside, watching as their condo, containing all of their belongings, snapped away from an adjoining section and collapsed into a massive sinkhole.
"There was a lot of anxiety. We were afraid and we were running on adrenaline," she said.
Fire officials said another section of the villa was slowly sinking. About 30 percent of the three-story structure in the Summer Bay Resort collapsed, according to Reuters.
Inside the condo were the types of things anyone might bring for a weeklong vacation: computers, cellphones, car keys, an Amazon Kindle book reader, clothes, jewelry and cash. All of those belongings, except the clothes that the family was wearing as they rushed outside, are now underground.
Ward said she is grateful that nobody in her family was injured, but said she has found herself in the middle of two insurance companies pointing fingers at the other.
She said the American Red Cross gave her $100 to buy clothes and food and that the resort put her up in another condo for the rest of her stay.
"We decided that we would be able to jump from there to the ground if we had to."
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