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PASADENA, Md. (WJZ) — A 10-year-old Anne Arundel County girl is recovering after a dangerous fall into a 30-foot well.

Christie Ileto has more on the young girl’s dangerous fall.

Fire crews rushed to rescue a 10-year-old girl who survived a 30-foot fall into a residential well in the 800-block of 207th Street in Pasadena Monday.

“I heard the fire engines racing down the road,” said Debbie Cookson, neighbor.

As soon as crews arrived on location, they began setting up specialized equipment to lower a rescuer into the well and retrieve the girl, who was conscious and responsive. It took crews half an hour to pull her out of the space rescue teams described as only three feet wide.

Officials say it’s unclear if the girl lived at the address, but neighbors said she was being babysat at the home.

“Then I started realizing that it could have been the girl next door,” said John Shifflett, neighbor.

“It was my neighbor Barbie’s daughter,” said neighbor Joanne Hood.

Hood says the 10-year-old–who she calls Virginia–plays with her son.

“The whole time I was just praying that she was going to be all right. She deserves to be; she’s a good girl,” Hood said.

Fire crews say when an individual falls down three times their actual height, that fall is considered traumatic.

“The actual entrapment is not as great a concern as the actual fall,” said Capt. Michael Pfaltzgraff, Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

Because of that and concern for hypothermia, she was airlifted to the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Emergency Room. Rescue teams say it’s unclear how she fell into the well or why she was even near it.

The girl suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Officials say they will be looking to see how the well was maintained.

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