Flower Mound, Texas (CBS11) – A North Texas plumber died Thursday after a tunnel collapsed under a house while working to repair a leaking foundation.
Enco Plumbing identified the deceased plumber as Christopher Corbet.
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The company said Corbet leaves behind a wife and three children.
Investigators said the plumber was working under a house in Flower Mound when a dirt tunnel gave way and collapsed.
“It was frantic,” said Mathew Lane, who lives next door to the house. “There was no way to help. There was no way to reach her.
Rescue teams worked quickly to reach the trapped plumber, but the ground collapse was too great.
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Corbet had already passed when they picked him up.
“He was someone’s father. He’s somebody’s son. And this man had a family and he was just here trying to make money,” Lane said. “It’s a horrible tragedy, but we have to do something for this man’s family.”
In a statement, Enco Plumbing owner Eric Neal said Corbet was more than just an employee:
“Today, Enco Plumbing and its men and women lost an employee, much more than an employee, he was a good father, a good colleague and like a son to me. He was an upbeat young man who was very dedicated to his job, very professional and practiced plumbing and was licensed by the State of Texas as a Journeyman Plumber. His plumbing skills were very high and he was very knowledgeable. He was a very good employee and leader. He talked a lot about his children and his wife. He always looked forward to completing his tasks and returning home to see them. We lost so much today that I wouldn’t know where to start. Not only is this the saddest day in Enco plumbing, it’s the saddest day of my life. The world has lost a very good human being. May all prayers help with this loss.
The Flower Mound Fire Department said they are still investigating exactly how the tunnel collapsed.
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Neighbors said their goal was to help the plumber’s family.