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. jake

    Wow that is funny but sad. When something like that happens to you. You know its your time to die

    May 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Helen

    Well, let's see:
    Sink holes in Canada, massive numbers of tornadoes with golf ball size hail in Oklahoma, Oil spills in the Gulf, and a Volcano erupts that has been dormant for years..all this in a matter of weeks. We hear about these things world-wide now when they happen. Still, it doesn't make me feel comfortable that these things that are happening seem to be increasing. And isn't it strange how the stock market bounces around like a rubber ball?...who is pulling those strings? And all of this doesn't include the horror in Haiti. Makes you wonder for sure.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brandon

    Player 1: F7 – Miss
    Player 2: C3 – Hit
    Player 1: D5 – Miss
    Player 2: C4 – You sunk my hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooome!

    May 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Din VT

    @RPguy Florida is safe? I hope you were joking.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HONK HONK

    You people are all paranoid freaks and need to seek help.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    Thanks for the lesson Robin. When is the planet giong to suck you down like an oyster?

    May 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    what a bunch of wackko's on here... gee... maybe the whole stinking universe is imploding because a black hole in some distant galaxy burped. Boy o boy all these weird things happening...oh my... how scary...ooooh noooo.

    get a life.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lori

    Helen, don't forget to add the flooding in TN this past week.....

    May 11, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tuumba

    Safe he sez.. Hurrican Andrew..etc..etc..etc..etc..

    May 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patriot from the US

    There had to be some type of event that would clue this area that something was about to happen. Thats a fairly large sink hole. Wonder what the water table was for this area.
    Before I purchased the current home I am in I made sure there was not a water issue.
    A home with a sump pump (s) is a bad sign to start with. Underground water streams.....
    You can look at a geomap for this info.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hey RPGuy, F.U.......

    Florida is safe from sinkholes? Are you stupid???? Sinkholes are a regular occurrence around here. RPGuy is the biggest dork on the planet, go die in a sinkhole. Dork.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    Nice post there Mike. Why don't you smoke another bomber and head back the planetarium.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Seth

    Armageddon is coming!!!!! All the signs are there!!!!! The world will end sometiime in the next 100,000 years (at least i'll be long gone by then...no not in the ground...in the air when the alien superbeings begin their inevitable harvest of mankind....or was it when the machines turn on their masters....or (insert cataclysmic event here). This was just bad luck

    May 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tracy L.

    This is so tragic and sad...somehow I'm wishing on a miracle. I know miracles happens and I pray that a miracle happen in this case. Those poor little children and their parents.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    Brandon, your Gameboy is calling. Beat it goober!

    May 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
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