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Company Error Fills Basement With Oil

A mistake by a heating oil company left a big mess in the basement of an upstate New York home.

A delivery driver for Abbott and Mills delivered nearly 400 gallons of heating oil to the home of Nyoka Young, a single mother living in a small brick house in New Windsor.

But there was a problem. The driver had the wrong address — and there's no oil tank in Young's basement. The deliveryman pumped the petroleum into an old fill pipe attached to the house, sending 397 gallons of heating oil into Young's basement.

She returned home to find her basement covered in oil.

A fire inspector has condemned the home while clean-up work continues, at the oil company's expense. Young and her son are staying in a hotel.