Backdraft at house fire causes explosion, but no injuries
An explosion on the scene of a Sunday night fire in Prince George's County caused firefighters on the scene to be blown back as much as 20 feet and their helmets to be blasted off -- but no injuries were reported, according to authorities.
Firefighters responded to reports of a fire at a single family home on the 2300 block of Prima Way in Woodmore.
After about eight minutes of work, authorities said, what's called a "backdraft" -- what happens when a fire suddenly receives oxygen, causing an explosion -- took place.
That's when the firefighters were thrown back, the helmets came off and a fireball was seen. Firefighters pulled back, authorities said, everyone was accounted for, and the crews returned to work. Nobody was home; damages at the house were estimated at $250,000.
-- David P. Marino-Nachison
Washington Post Editors
November 30, 2009; 11:49 AM ET
Categories: David P. Marino-Nachison , Fires & Fire Safety , Pr. George's
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