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. traig

    Chad, good post. For all we consider ourselves to be, our consciousness is still the microcosm within the macrocosm we exist in. A prayer for the family.

    May 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lance

    Wow! St. Judr is the patron saint of lost causes. Hope this is not the case here.

    May 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. George W. Bush

    It's Barack Osama'a fault! Yall can't blame me no more!

    May 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cm

    Stranges things happing......Read the bible what is says is coming true.......We better be watching for our Lord and Savior he is coming soon

    May 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jjdecor

    Very sad story very tragic way to die.

    It appears that a large percentageo the posters here are on drugs or are children you all do crack me up.

    May 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve O

    Now is a great opportunity to run around your front yard naked and scream the end is near

    May 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phil

    It is simply mind boggling the lack of education of some posters that are spewing out incorrect facts. People read a freaking book, get an education in something that is not basket weaving, and stop spreading incorrect information!

    In case you don't know I'm talking about the people hitting the panic lever and saying things like its the Army Corp of Engineers or George Bush or Drilling for oil or OMG the world is ending...

    Oh and I just heard chicken little says the sky is falling 😉

    May 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David (Georgia)

    Bob, not all people who are "obsessed" with environmentalism are nutty. I'm concerned, like many others, about many aspects of our environment. Actually most people who are concerned with the health of our planet are fairly well informed people. So, don't go judging a group based on the lunatic comments you see on a message board. Most people, excluding me, who post messages are full of fertilizer.

    May 11, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Elizabeth

    Amen Alumette!

    May 11, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John McCain

    Phil, I'll get in trouble if I text in my Geometry class... so John Mc Cain signs off...

    May 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jonathan

    lee is correct , God is in control
    and on the way !!!!

    May 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rl

    4 May 1971, 11 pm – St-Jean Vianney, Northern Quebec 40 odd houses, 31 people dead. Not in the same area at all : 300 miles apart (6hr drive). Not in the same era. Same principle : sinkhole.

    May 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Eric

    I blame Obama!

    May 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Luc

    Agree with Phil here, and in case you did not that happen in Canada and the corps of engineer is in the US. .

    May 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. boocat

    That's right...blame it on God...when nothing can be explained, God gets the blame or credit. If there is a God, I feel sorry for her...

    May 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
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