February 25th, 2012
02:26 AM ET

7 firefighters injured after 'fire ball' in Maryland house

Seven firefighters were hospitalized after a house fire in Riverdale, Maryland, authorities said.

The fire broke out at a one-story, vacant house shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, the Prince George's County Fire Department said Saturday.

"Preliminary reports indicate that firefighters had initiated an interior attack on the fire when a sudden rush of air, fanned by high winds, entered from the rear of the house either from a door or window being opened or broken out," the fire department said in a statement. "The sudden addition of a large amount of fresh air into the fire environment created a 'fire ball' inside, engulfing the firefighters."


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  1. Superman

    Cheech&chong ,up in smoke

    February 25, 2012 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. ***dude***

    Little lite on the details cnn

    February 25, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT (( c.o.s. co-leader ))

    fresh air? or a fart?

    February 25, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT (( c.o.s. co-leader ))

    more beans mr.tagert?

    February 25, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Firefighters are the true heroes because they save lives putting their own at risk. My oprayers and well wishes for the injured.

    February 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Firefighters and first responder are our everyday heros.
    Anyone who doesn't think so has never met one.
    May they recover, and quickly.

    February 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jj

    An abandoned house? Could it have been a meth lab?

    February 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT (( dingo trainer and 16th level warrior))

    @jj... mostlikely.. or they had a fire inside to keep warm...
    @firfighters... next time let it burn and contain it from the outside...

    February 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    My thoughts and prayers are truly with you. I wish there were some kind of words to make that experience easier. All I can say is know yourselves. Nobody else can do that. I know it's going to be trying for you psychologically when you come back, but it's a fight you need to make for yourself. Good luck guys.

    February 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Superman

    I was not being mean towards the firefighters, i was simpley saying let it burn! The house that is i know a lot of firefighters on the west coast.

    February 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Superman

    In la before they put in the century freeway they would let the abandoned houses burn for the simple fact that it would give one less place for the punk a-s gang bangers a place to do bussiness

    February 25, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Nobody was saying anything deragatory about you...

    I would speculate that they were inside the house to make sure there were no squatters there.
    Fighting it soley from the outside would ensure a certain death to anyone inside, Ruffie.
    Even the homeless deserve to live...

    February 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |