May 11th, 2010
11:07 AM ET

Report: At least 2 in family die after sinkhole swallows home

[Update 9:59 p.m. ET] Two members of a family whose home was swallowed by a sinkhole were found dead Tuesday evening, officials said, CNN affiliate CBC reports.

The condition of two other family members was not available. All four members of the family were found in the basement of the home, Michel C. Doré, Quebec's associate deputy public security minister,told the CBC.

[Update 2:49 p.m. ET] The mud-caked dog of a Canadian family has been found in a sinkhole that swallowed their home, but searchers have found no signs of the couple and their two daughters, ages 9 and 11, CNN affiliate CBC reported Tuesday afternoon.

Yvon Desrochers, uncle of homeowner Richard Préfontaine, told CBC he fears his nephew and his family were in the home’s basement watching the Montreal Canadiens-Pittsburgh Penguins hockey playoff game Monday night when the ground gave way beneath the home, about 40 miles northeast of Montreal.

[Posted  11:07 a.m. ET] A Quebec family of four was missing Tuesday after a massive sinkhole swallowed their home, according to reports from CNN affiliates.

Authorities said the home fell 30 feet into the hole when it opened around 9:30 p.m. Monday. A couple in their 40s and two children, ages 9 and 11, were believed to be inside, according to a report by CNN affiliate CBC news.

The couple’s vehicles were seen outside the house and efforts to reach them by cell phone were unsuccessful, authorities told the CBC.

"We tried to reach them by phone, because the father always wears his cellphone on him," Quebec Provincial Police Sgt. Ronald McKinnis told CBC. "The firefighters heard the cellphone, but they weren't able to [locate] it."

The hole was about 500 yards long and forced the evacuation of five other homes in the town of Saint-Jude, in a rural area near the Yamaska River about 40 miles northeast of Montreal, CNN affiliate CTV reported.

McKinnis told the CBC that the hole was first reported by a truck driver whose rig fell into it Monday night. He suffered only minor injuries, McKinnis said.

Search-and-rescue dogs were being called in to help the search, according to a report in the Montreal Gazette, and a helicopter was circling the area looking for signs of movement.

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  1. Donna

    Thank you Chad. Let reason and common sense prevail!

    May 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Melanie

    spehnec – HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH nice

    May 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Becky

    OH MY STARS!!! I've seen sinkholes and everything but to happen under your home? And swallow it? WOW ... hope they make it out safely! How bizarre!

    May 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Martin izzo

    We can only pray for this faimly! This is mother natures way of showing us the breakdown of our world!

    May 11, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sink hole cult

    The sinkhole is a sign that our lord and savior is about to return. If you read into the early scriptures "And the earth shall swallow the Aye sayers with out remorse to fuel the enlightened ship of the star traveler". This is proof of the return of Xenu. According to Scientologists around the world, what is actually happening is small into porportion of the sink holes (Aye sayer energy mining) that wil be accuring. We can expect much more of Canada and part of Wisconson to experience these catastrophes. Xenu will be arriving soon and all Gingers around the world better dye their hair and get spray on tans, because he is coming to sacrifice all the soulless ones to Volcano monster.

    May 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ashlie

    Are you guys for real?Really? No Really?

    May 11, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. really

    Not our fault they died...Blame God...You give him credit when the good about putting some blame when bad sh388%T happens.

    To scared to do that?!?!?! Or get a life, read a book, and figure out science will not hurt you.


    Oh by the way..check this out..this is deep man...there is weather on every planet.

    The little tornados we see ...well lets just say the spot on jupiter is a Hurricane lasting millions of years and it is the size of this planet. What does God hate on Jupiter?? THINK you frigging is 2010 and you act like you do not believe in Science but you love your computer, Ipd, and tv..

    Maybe you should quit using technology that scares you until you figure out how it works.
    Just some simple advice!

    -Network Engineer

    May 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. really

    With that said I hope they are ok but I highly doubt God saved them from the same disaster he caused.

    May 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The DonkeyEstomkey

    Yah, move to Fl...
    Safe except for hurricanes, aligators, Al Pacino, and oil slicks.., oh yeah, and HURRICANES

    May 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. harry balos

    Actually there was no sink hole at all. i was sitting int he bar acrossed the street from where the incident took place. The real story goes: a husband/father was out for a brisk walk with his family. the father trips on a pot hole and drowns in a mud puddle. being the intelligent Canadian citizens they were, the rest of the family followed trying to save the father but met the same fate. You could here the screams proclaiming "Whats this all aboot!" for miles. it was a sad say in this small coner of the world. the version of the story that was realesed was a ploy by the canadian government to cover up the stupidity of its population.

    May 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sink hole cult

    yeah, canadians are pretty dumb. just look at Brian adams

    May 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sink hole cult

    It's a shame they don't have Mexico directly south of their border. They could get that sink hole patched up quick and cheap.

    May 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chickenkicker

    drink from the hand of the monkey god by the name of Mooseknuckle and let him slap you afterwards. shikacka...excuse me, your balls are showing...bumblebee tuna!

    May 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Herpes

    It was those God damn ice road truckers fault!

    May 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dirka Dirka

    Is this another terrorist plot?

    May 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
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