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Demolition on deadly sinkhole house complete

Seffner, Florida - With each scrape of a backhoe, Buddy Wicker sees another memory, another year of his life in the family home crumble.

"You set here and watch everything you've ever worked for go down the drain... it hurts, it hurts," he said while heavy equipment worked across the street.

See Also: Second sinkhole opens up in Seffner

It's called demolition, but work crews are trying to peel away sections of the house as carefully as possible, so that some family possessions can be recovered: a table, pictures from the walls, china cabinet curios.

But the work Monday also tore the scab off of wounds so fresh.  With house walls gone, for the first time you can see the sinkhole that on Thursday night took the life of Jeff Bush.

SINKHOLE DATABASE: Look up your county

It was a painful sight for his brother Jeremy, who tried in vain to rescue him.

"I love my mom and dad with all my heart and I just want my mom and dad to know I love you and I tried to save your son. I tried my hardest," said Jeremy, his voice breaking with emotion.

Once the house is leveled, county officials say they'll begin the work of trying to stabilize the sinkhole and after that, the future of the land is unknown. 

But Wanda Carter, who grew up in the house, has an idea. She'd like to see a place of pleasure sprout from so much pain.

"It would be a nice memorial for Jeff if they built a park," Carter said. "Because this neighborhood was always full of children."

Photos: Home collapses into sinkhole
More Pictures: Demolition begins of sinkhole-home

The fate is still unknown of the two other houses evacuated because crews believe the sinkhole compromised them. A website has been created to take donations for the family directly affected by the sinkhole.

See Also: Florida Sinkhole map provided by the Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Geological Survey (PDF)

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