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. JT

    To all those who say to pray for this family.... while this is a horrible event wouldn't it have been less tragic if God was watching over them while they were suffocating to death? Maybe we should pray instead that God give us better warning when our house is getting ready to fall into 40 feet of mud!

    May 12, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Daphnola

    This is VERY much like what happened in 2012 The Movie ..... Spoookyyyyy

    May 12, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. crppplll

    Face it the Earth sucks.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. WoodinVirginia

    +++ Anyone also Notice that Honeybees have DISAPEARED and now BATS are dropping dead in Record numbers because of some white Fungus that Mysteriosly appeared on the East coast last year.

    REPENT~ REPENT~ REPENT~ should be the cry, Man& the Chemicals Man has created is killing off this planet evr faster and faster.. The Chinese demand for OIl is greater then the USA & pollution is RAMPANT over in China..

    More Pollution over there looks worse then Pittsburg on a foggy day. Their use of oil & other chemicals with NO EPA is rapidly causing these greenhouse gasses to HEAT up this plante.

    Then BP spills oil in the Gulf of Mexico & then starts spraying a chemicals that was Banned in Britain years ago, yet they are spraying it by the ton in the Gulf of Mexico? Man is NOT treating this planet right.. its a wonder the pollution we have made hasn't killed us off already..

    May 12, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. benny

    Anyone consider that this could be the work of "terrists"?

    May 12, 2010 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. entrail

    are we sure it wasnt a giant cheese curd that feel on their home?

    May 12, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jay

    As a man with a twisted sense of humour, I can respect sick jokes. However, even I wouldn't go as far as to joke about a family of four who died way too soon. Just wait until you lose a family member, or a friend to an accident. I lost an uncle and two friends in 2 years... it changes your perspective. Maybe quite a few of the posters would be far less ignorant! For the sake of our society, I hope all you little tards are hermits who don't leave the house. I used to live in Quebec, and I remember how well the communities aided each other in the time of tragedy.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Little Moose

    Just more evidence that there is no God.

    May 12, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. crimson sky

    How horrifying... buried alive by mud! You think you're afe at home, and here is the end of your life, your entire family and your dog! So awful!

    May 12, 2010 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. the phillies fanatic is drunk

    god told them no. we have sinkholes out back of my house. god's gonna be telling me no soon.

    May 12, 2010 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. the phillies fanatic is drunk

    the real shame is people sitting on their computers at 6am ranting about jesus and the end of days. you know folks, i think the whole god is your shepard thing means your as stupid as sheep if you believe that jive.

    May 12, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. the phillies fanatic is drunk

    sidenote: this would never happen to flyer's fans.

    May 12, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. warsteiner

    Wow!! That was created by the road there.If you look close you can see all the trap rock and road material. There must have been an underground water way and when the road went in it got blocked thats the only explanation for its shear size.

    May 12, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. warsteiner

    Wow!! That was created by the road there.If you look close you can see all the trap rock and road material. There must have been an underground water way and when the road went in it got blocked thats the only explanation for its shear size. And Robin is right but not about this sink hole if it was limestone you could see it and the only evidence is at the head of the sink hole and thats the highway.

    May 12, 2010 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
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