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. Zimi

    Herpes, you should see the video of 5 men who died and came back to life to tell about it. Search it at youtube > > To Hell and Back, Rawlings
    I have a certain apprehension about death because it is the unknown but I doubt I fear death as much as you do. Your pride is keeping you from having an open mind and admitting truth. I will pray for you. Ask God if He is a fake or not. If you are serious about finding out, He will answer you but if all you do is blaspheme and mock, He does not answer. The truth hurts doesn't it.

    May 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Zimi

    Sink hole cult, You are the reason why Americans are so loved everywhere. Don't ever try to be a diplomat. Thankfully not all Americans are like you ...arrogant, ignorant and rude. You are what give the USA a bad name.

    May 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Herpes

    LOL Zimi. Nobody died and came bak to life you nutbag. God isnt real and Jesus was just a smooth talker who started a cult to pick up women.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sink hole cult

    Zimi, I didn't appreciate your rude comment....... F@G!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Raph

    ...Everybody seems to argue about...:"its God falt","its the US"...etc. but ,no one questions the real big bizzare, wierd, head scratching question about these SINK HOLES...!!??!!!..... What the f.... is up with thesl sink holes...That they are god damn perfectly round in shape, that they were made using a giant compass!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
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