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Officials: Uncapped septic system likely caused Ruskin sinkhole

RUSKIN - It appears a reported sinkhole that prompted a Ruskin family to evacuate their home wasn’t a sinkhole after all. Hillsborough County spokesman Willie Puz says the incident was reported to the code enforcement department Thursday evening as a "reported sinkhole." But officials now believe the hole may have been caused by an uncapped septic system. The hole, measuring 7 feet long and 2 feet wide, was located in the backyard about 10 feet from the home, 1303 3rd Ave. N.E. The depth of the sinkhole wasn’t known Thursday night because it was too dark to measure for safety reasons, said Nacole Revette, a fire rescue spokeswoman. Puz says the family recently had work done on their septic tank.
County officials were notified at 9:30 p.m. Firefighters arrived at the scene along with Hillsborough County Code Enforcement, which roped off the backyard and said it would revisit the sinkhole Friday morning, Revette said. The hole prompted the family with children to evacuate to a friend’s home, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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