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Sinkhole scare closes Cambridge Christian School


Published:   |   Updated: August 29, 2013 at 06:33 AM

TAMPA — A Tampa private school will close Thursday and Friday to allow engineers to study two “soil erosions” found on the campus this week, a school official said.

Cambridge Christian School students will have a longer Labor Day break because of the announced closure. Students will report back to school on Tuesday unless the problem turns out to be more severe, said Greg Froelich, the school's board chairman.

School officials on Monday found a hole that is five feet in diameter on a field in the middle of the courtyard, Froelich said. A second hole that is two feet in diameter was found Wednesday. Both holes are about five to 10 feet apart, he said.

School officials don't know the depth of the holes and hope the engineers can evaluate and measure the holes and determine their cause, Froelich said. The school, located at 6101 North Habana Ave., will have the entire campus inspected.

The holes aren't near the school's buildings, but school officials closed the school as a precaution, he said.

“There was no way we could guarantee that we could section it off,” Froelich said. “We didn't want to take any chances at all.”

The school is celebrating its 49th year. Froelich said he isn't aware of any similar problems in the past.

The school has slightly more than 600 students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.

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