Officials: 4 NJ FFs harmed by fumes during fire at 'drug dungeon'

Authorities said the firefighters are believed to have inhaled chemicals used to produce synthetic cannabinoids

By Laura French

PATERSON, N.J. — Officials say four New Jersey firefighters were hospitalized Thursday morning after being exposed to fumes during a fire at an illegal drug mill. 

The firefighters were battling a fire in the basement of a home, which authorities called a "drug dungeon," when they were overcome by fumes, according to ABC 7

The firefighters collapsed on the driveway after evacuating the residential structure. All four were transported to the hospital and have since been released. 

Authorities believe the firefighters inhaled chemicals used to manufacture synthetic cannabinoids, also known as K2. Hazmat crews were called to the scene after the alleged drug mill was discovered. 

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