Injured Clinton firefighter recovering

A firefighter who was severely injured during a Saturday blast in Clinton is improving, authorities said Sunday.

In an update to media outlets, city officials said Adam Cain is awake, alert and now breathing on his own. Cain had been listed in critical condition at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following a fire at an ADM facility in Clinton.

Cain and fellow firefighter Lt. Eric Hosette had been working snuff out flames that had started in a silo storage bin when they were injured by an explosion. Hosette was rushed to an area hospital, but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

The Hosette's remains were taken to the state medical examiner's office in Ankeny. As they made their return to Clinton, Sunday, firefighters from across the state of Iowa lined Interstate 80 to show support from overpasses as a hearse drove the fallen colleague home.

Memorial services are pending for Hosette. City officials said a wake and memorial service were expected to be later in the week.