A man miraculously escaped serious injuries when he jumped inside an aron kodesh safe that had begun falling on him, according to a report and video by DNA Info.
The incident occurred Monday morning at Yeshiva Machzikai Hadas (Belz), on 39th Street between 13th and 14th Avenues.
The yeshiva is preparing for a massive construction project to install an underground mikveh, requiring the removal of everything – including the aron kodesh – from the ground floor, one member of the shul explained to Hamodia.
In preparation for removing the aron kodesh, staff had removed its base. At around 10:30 a.m. Monday, a man opened a door to the aron kodesh safe, which then started to tip.
“He saw he doesn’t have time to run,” David Friedman, who works at the yeshiva, told DNA Info. “He went inside like a turtle.”
The man was stuck inside the fallen safe for around half an hour, as crews from FDNY Engine 282 and Ladder 148 worked to free him.
Lieutenant Richard Cannon of Engine 282 said that the man was communicating with the FDNY members who were working to free him.
“He was a little scared, but in good spirits. He knew we were there to get him out. We reassured him,” said Cannon.
Finally, the crew was able to free the man, and a video shows him jumping out quickly and walking away with a big smile.
Cannon said that the man “was a little shaken up,” with a couple of bumps and bruises.”
After the man was freed, the video also shows people in the shul removing a sefer Torah that had apparently been inside the aron.