As a giant red backhoe gouged into the Florida home where a massive sinkhole swallowed a man, pieces of the family’s lives were pushed into public view.
Walls with picture frames on them came crashing down. Baby toys and clothes on hangers were raked across the ground.
A woman wept as an official handed her a framed portrait. Others lovingly salvaged military awards, a pink teddy bear and an American flag that hung near the house’s front door. The family Bible bore claw marks from the backhoe’s bucket.
Workers demolished the blue, one-story home as carefully as they could Sunday and Monday to try to protect family belongings.
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