Six local firefighters are going back to work today after the entire shift was replaced due to an unknown illness on Wednesday, News4's Tracee Wilkins reports.
All eight firefighters were replaced at the Engine 10 Station on the 1300 block of Florida Avenue NE after they complained of possible symptoms of chemical exposure – like respiratory problems and burning eyes – Wednesday evening.
D.C. Fire and EMS declared a mass casualty hazmat and took the firefighters to the police and fire clinic for observation.
News4's Tracee Wilkins reports after extensive evaluation, one firefighter returned to work last night and five more will return back to work today.
Two firefighters will be out on sick leave and face more tests and evaluations before they are cleared to go back to work.
Officials say the firefighters could have become ill from a fire they fought about 11 a.m. in the 3700 block of Hayes Street NE on Wednesday and that it was possible it was a PCP lab.
Extra fire crews were called in to cover Engine 10 Station.