Staunton, Virginia. March 8th, 2011.

A 30-foot deep sink hole opened in the parking lot at Clifton Knolls apartment complex off Woodlee Road Friday afternoon.

“That’s probably one of the deepest I’ve ever seen in this area,” said Staunton Fire Chief Scott Garber.

“I worked one probably 10 years ago that had three horses in it.”

But no horses, pets or residents were trapped or hurt at Clifton Knolls on Friday because of the six-foot wide sink hole that opened in the blacktop near some apartments.

Garber said Staunton is prone to sink holes for a number of reasons, but they are natural occurrences.

Garber said to fix a problem like this construction crews would have to dig the dirt out around the area and fill it in solid

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