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(CLERMONT, Fla.) — A sinkhole in central Florida has swallowed at least half of a building at a vacation resort not far from Disney World.

Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar confirms to ABC News that as of early Monday morning, 50 percent of building 104 at Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Fla., has collapsed.

Officers responded to the building shortly before midnight Sunday, after receiving reports from residents saying they heard creaking and that the building was shaking and windows were breaking.

When fire and rescue officials arrived on scene, they immediately evacuated all the units on the property and did a door-to-door search.  Per Summer Bay Resort, all residents have been accounted for and no one was injured.  They have since been moved to other hotels in the area.

The sinkhole has now grown to 50 to 60 feet in diameter and is 10 feet deep.  But Cuellar says it is getting deeper.  He says the sinkhole is not stable and there is still obvious movement as the building settles into the hole.

Lake County Emergency Management will be on site Monday morning to assess the damage.

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