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D.C. firefighters return to job following mysterious illness

Thursday - 5/24/2012, 12:03pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Most of the D.C. firefighters taken taken out of service Wednesday after coming down with breathing problems are back at work Thursday. And it's still not clear why they got sick.

Authorities say eight D.C. firefighters were taken to a clinic Wednesday night after they complained of feeling light-headed or dizzy hours after extinguishing an apartment fire.

Six of the eight firefighters at Engine Station #10 in the 1300 block of Florida Avenue in northeast Washington have been cleared to return and are on the job today. Two others are on sick leave for more testing.

Sources say the firefighters responded to a fire at a house in the 3700 block of Hayes Street that may have been a PCP lab. D.C. Fire officials will not comment on that, saying it's part of a police investigation.

Battalion Chief Brian K. Lee says the firefighters complained of the symptoms while at the station about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

It's not clear what may have caused the firefighters to fall ill.

The fire displaced six families.

WTOP's Neal Augenstein contributed to this report. Follow Neal and WTOP on Twitter.

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