NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (CBS 2/AP) — Six firefighters suffered smoke inhalation battling a blaze in the basement of a Long Island home.

Nassau County Fire Marshal Vincent McManus says two of the firefighters were in serious condition, while the other four were treated at area hospitals and released.

The fire broke out at a house in New Hyde Park, not far from the New York City border, shortly before 1 p.m. Friday. McManus says the firefighters were carrying a hose into the basement of the home when a sudden eruption of flames knocked them over.

Witnesses told CBS 2 that one of the injured firefighters appeared to be unconscious as he was rushed away from the home to Winthrop University Hospital.

Three of the firefighters immediately escaped up the stairs. One climbed out a basement window and the most seriously injured was rescued by colleagues. None of the firefighters were immediately identified.

An elderly resident and a home health aide escaped uninjured

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