A family were surprised to find a secret room hidden under their home after a sinkhole appeared in the garage.
Brittany Bush and her family were woken by a noise crashing noise at 4am on Tuesday morning. After venturing downstairs to explore, they found nothing.
Later in the day, however, Brittany popped to the garage and found what had startled her in the night – a huge sinkhole had opened up, revealing a hidden room below.
“As I was pushing the garage door up, my right foot was stepping into the garage and just kept going down,” Brittany told East Idaho News.
“I was holding onto the garage door and looked down and just started screaming. I’m like, ‘Our whole garage is sunk down!'”
It wasn’t just a room. The Bushes soon discovered shelving, a woman’s handbag, hair curlers, children’s toys, and even a decades-old letter – it’s unclear, but appears to be a note of return from a health company.
The room wasn’t on the property records, Brittany explained. Clearly, she and the real estate agent selling the place weren’t aware of its existence.
“(The room) doesn’t appear on any city or county records,” Brittany said.
Brittany said she and her husband called their insurance provider to find out what to do. Upon inspection, an engineer came to and said he was surprised the garage floor had last so long.
Apparently, the cement was just two inches thick. There’s a possibility of another room, the engineer also said.
Brittany said: “Our home was built in the 50s and it was built as a basement home. Then someone came in the 70s and remodeled it and added the second story.”
The family said – quite hopefully – that the room could well have been a bomb shelter. They added though that it does look “sketchy” and are hoping to get to the bottom of how it came to be – it may have an interesting backstory.
The Bushes are now cleaning out the room. They’re hoping nothing sinister turns up.
“They (the insurance provider and engineer) said don’t be alarmed if there is a body down there,”she said.