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Firemen, homeowner transported following Raleigh Co. fire

CRAB ORCHARD (WVVA) - Several firemen and a home owner were transported to the hospital following a house fire in Raleigh County Tuesday.

The fire occurred at a residence off Hatfield Road Tuesday evening. According to Assistant Chief Eric Hatcher with the Sophia City Fire Department, firefighters entered the home but discovered the homeowner was at a neighbor's house.

As firefighters prepared to make a second entry into the home, an explosion -- believed to be related to oxygen tanks inside the home -- occurred, knocking the firemen back several feet, Hatcher said.

Four firemen were transported to a nearby hospital complaining of upper and lower extremity pains, along with ringing in the ears.

The homeowner was also transported for unknown medical reasons. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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