Three people were rescued early Thursday morning after falling into a deep hole on the lawn of their West 10th Street home in Huntington Station.
The three were treated at Huntington Hosptail for cuts and bruises and exposure in the cold air. Two of them arrived back home a little after 9 a.m., one still clad in hospital clothing, while the woman who first fell in was still being treated.
Homeowner Benjamin Orengo said the emergency began when one woman left the house about 6 a.m. to go to work. A Ring doorbell video shows her walking along the sidewalk and then suddenly dropping out of sight as she fell into the hole adjacent to the walk. The woman was able to summon help with her cellphone.
Two others, including Orengo’s wife, who ran out of the home to rescue her. also fell in. Orengo said he wanted to use a ladder and rope to pull them out but police warned him to stay away from the hole while the rescuers were on their way. Police and Huntington Manor Fire Department personnel pulled the three from the hole after about a half hour, Orengo said. “The lady goes to work at 6 o’clock, she’s just walking by and suddenly the earth moves under her feet,” Orengo said, describing the dramatic scene.
Inspectors from the Town of Huntington checked the property and the owner, who said he worked in construction, said he would fill in the hole.police estimated the hole to be 6 feet wide and 6 feet deep.