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Three Firefighters Remain Hospitalized After Riverdale Blaze; Two Critical

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Scene at Riverdale fire (Credit: PGFD)

Scene at Riverdale fire (Credit: PGFD)

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RIVERDALE, Md. (CBSDC) — Three Prince George’s County firefighters remain hospitalized with injuries sustained while battling a house fire in Riverdale on Friday night.

Ethan Sorrell, a 21-year-old volunteer fire fighter from Bladensburg Fire/EMS Station #809, suffered burns to his airway and remains in critical condition at Washington Hospital Center.

Kevin O’Toole, a 22-year-old volunteer with the same company, is also in critical condition with second and third degree burns over 40 percent of his body.

Michael McLary, a 19-year-old volunteer fire fighter from Riverdale Fire/EMS Station #807, remains in the hospital with injuries to his upper body. It was initially believed McLary suffered fractured ribs, but doctors now believe they were bruised with possible cartilage damage.

He may be released as early as today.

Four other the firefighters were treated and released from the hospital overnight.

The DC Firefighters Burn Foundation graciously provided hotel accommodations to family members who traveled from out-of-town to be with the injured fire fighters.

Authorities were first alerted to the house fire in the 6400 block of 57th Avenue around 9:11 p.m. Those first on the scene encountered a roaring fire with heavy smoke and flames on both levels of the home upon their arrival.

As they battled the flames inside the home, a sudden gust of wind entered from the rear of the house either from an open door or window. The sudden rush of fresh air into the fire environment created a “fire ball” inside engulfing the firefighters.

Additional firefighters and EMS personnel went to the aid of the injured firefighters whose injuries included burns, fractures and lacerations.

Prince George’s County Fire Investigators are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire. Investigators initially estimated the fire caused $75,000 in damage to the home.

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