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Home partially destroyed by massive sinkhole expected to be torn down

Posted at 7:07 AM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 15:12:20-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Just days after a sinkhole nearly swallowed a mobile home in Leon County the man who lived there is scrambling to get his belongings.

The sinkhole opened up Tuesday night in the Capital City Pines mobile home community. On Friday, workers started to fill the hole, but for one man there's no going back.

Monday, crews began tearing down El Khouri Anwar's home. ABC 27 captured some of the process on camera:

El Khouri Anwar says he was given less than 48 hours to gather what was left from the mobile home, that was partially destroyed by that massive sinkhole.

He woke up Tuesday to find his home and another home dangerously close to that hole. By Wednesday evening, part of his mobile home collapsed as the sinkhole spread.

The hole is at least 90 feet deep but is not expected to grow any larger.

Anwar is in a hotel heartbroken over losing the only home he's had for the past 11 years.

"It's not even been one week since the tragedy happened. It's not even been one week since Thursday when they came onto the property. So I think personally this is a sad very, very sad situation," said Lynn Garman, a neighbor in the area.

That was Anwar's neighbor Lynn whose live in the mobile home park for decades.

When the sinkhole was first discovered, at least three families were forced out of their homes. Fortunately, no major damage was done to those other mobile homes.

ABC 27 was there filming as the sinkhole grew bigger and bigger over the course of a few hours:

The Red Cross has stepped up to help Anwar as he tries to figure out what to do next. There is a GoFundMe started for anyone who wants to help him.

In addition, there is another GoFundMe, set up for Richard Salim, who's home is across from Anwar's. His trailer did not fall into the sinkhole yet but authorities have marked it a total loss.

Click here to help Salim.