PORTLAND -- Crews rescued a woman and a dog trapped in a deep sinkhole in Southeast Portland on Tuesday night.

Fire fighters said the woman fell into a sinkhole about three and a half feet wide and 20 feet deep at 2723 SE 38th Avenue.

Photos:Sinkhole behind Portland home

At approximately 7:15 p.m. a man taking a walk heard a woman screaming for help. He followed her cries and discovered her underground in a backyard, according to crews.

The woman, about 30 years old, had been looking for her dog in her backyard when she fell in.

A heavy rescue unit arrived and pulled the woman and her dog, a poodle mix, from the hole.

The woman (and the dog) were examined by paramedics and found to be healthy, crews said.

They (firefighters) were actually able to lower a ladder down and get her out, said Rich Chatman of Portland Fire & Rescue. Prior to that, they were able to lower a rope down to the dog and brought up the dog. It sounds like dog went in first.

A neighbor stated that he and the woman had recently been required to do some work on their sewage line.

Fire fighters secured the hole until the homeowners can decide how to take care of it.

If you think your property might have an abandoned septic system, you can get information here.

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