Injured Modesto firefighters stable, improving

One Modesto firefighter seriously injured on Friday night remains in stable condition, while the other might be ready to come home.

Jim Miguel, fire chief for the Modesto Fire Department, said this morning that Jim Adams might be able to undergo skin graft surgery either today or on Tuesday.

"We’re just waiting until doctors feel it’s safe to do it," he said.

Adams, who is at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, has second- and third-degree burns to 40 percent of his body.

He's expected to remain at that hospital for at least a month, according to Battalion Chief Hugo Patino.

Meanwhile, Jason Clevenger, who received burns to 10 percent of his body, could be released from Doctors Medical Center “within a day or two,” Miguel said.

Both firefighters were hurt Friday night battling a house fire on Coston Avenue in central Modesto.There were trying to cut a hole in the roof when the roof collapsed.

Miguel said the two did not suffer any other injuries from the fall, like broken bones.

"The way it collapsed, they took a controlled descent," he said. "They rode the collapse of the structure."

The fire started from a dropped candle near a gas generator that was providing power to the house.

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