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3 Firefighters out of hospital after ceiling collapse

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Three Chesterfield firefighters are out of the hospital after a ceiling collapsed and sheet rock came crashing to the ground inside a burning home.

Chesterfield Fire and EMS responded to a house fire at 2231 Greenfield Dr. around 8 p.m. Monday, a short distance from Robious Road.

"We had two firefighters who were hit in the head when the ceiling collapsed," said Battalion Chief Rick Talley in a phone interview Tuesday. "They were hit by sheet rock, and a third firefighter was overcome by heat exhaustion when he helped them out of the house."

The firefighters were taken to Johnston Willis Hospital, and are now resting back at their homes.

According to firefighters on scene, a man was charging his car battery and left his vehicle running. A fire ignited, spreading to a second car, the carport and the two-story house.

Firefighters were able to move hoses inside the structure, but the ceiling collapsed while they were inside.

"Their injuries are minor but they are being taken to the hospital as a precaution. One other firefighter who suffered a heat related injury, he's also being evaluated at the hospital," said Chesterfield Fire Capt. Brian Kemp.

The homeowner did not return Monday night, but will have help from the Red Cross.

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