PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland fire official says a woman and her small poodle mix dog have been rescued unharmed after falling into a 20-foot-deep sinkhole that just opened up in her backyard.
Portland Fire & Rescue Lt. Rich Chatman said the woman in her 30s was trying to find her dog Tuesday night in her dark southeast Portland backyard when she fell into a sinkhole that was about 3 ½ feet in diameter. A neighbor who heard her calls for help called 911.
Fire crews used rope and ground ladders to rescue both the woman and her dog. Chatman says fire officials at the scene were amazed that both escaped unhurt.
The spokesman says a neighbor who shares a property line said both home owners had been required to do some recent work on their sewage system.
Crews were covering up the hole temporarily late Tuesday night.