Crews were called to the scene in the 800 block of 48th Place NE around 12:30 a.m. Firefighters entered the burning one-story, single family wood-framed home after hearing reports of people evacuating.
Shortly after they entered the house, extreme heat caused part of the roof to collapse on top of the firefighters.
A rapid intervention team arrived at the scene to help pull the firefighters out of the burning home. A D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson says all four were taken to the Washington Hospital Center with serious burns.
Three of the firefighters are from Anacostia’s Rescue Squad 3 and the fourth is associated with Truck 13 in Trinidad.
The house suffered significant damage. Neighbors say the home was generally vacant, but people went inside the house from time to time.
The cause of the two-alarm fire is still under investigation.