One of the two Modesto firefighters injured in a New Year's Day house fire has been released from a hospital and is resting at home, and the other no longer is sedated as he recovers at a Sacramento burn center.
Firefighter Jason Clevenger, 32, was released from the University of California Medical Center on Monday, the Modesto Fire Department reported Tuesday. He will continue to be seen at the burn center as an outpatient. His recuperation is expected to take four to six months.
Fire Engineer James Adams, 46, is in stable condition, breathing on his own and responding to family and doctors. He had been sedated for days after the fire to allow his body to rest.
Adams and Clevenger were injured when they fell through the roof of a burning garage on Coston Avenue in Modesto.
Adams suffered third-degree burns on half of his body. Clevenger suffered burns on about 10 percent of his body. Most are second-degree burns, but some are third-degree, fire officials said.
The Fire Department has established a trust fund for people to help the injured firefighters' families. People can make contributions to the Modesto Firefighter Fund at Modesto's First Federal Credit Union, 430 12th St.