Sinkhole opens up at Ocala townhome complex

Police ask 8 units to evacuate in building near sinkhole

A sinkhole at a Florida apartment complex forced the evacuation of several families Monday morning.

From a local news helicopter, a large sinkhole could be seen behind the Fore Ranch townhome complex, a gated community in Ocala.

Several apartments have been taped off, as the sinkhole nears the buildings.

Ocala police said they ordered people leave eight units in one of the buildings closest to the hole. Police said there are at least half a dozen large sinkholes that have opened up in the area.

Police said geologistss hired by Fore Ranch are coming to examine the sinkhole and will get involved if there is additional risk to residents' safety.

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