Injured firefighter in stable condition, out of coma

Chris McGrone, 38, could go home this week

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis firefighter who was critically injured while battling an arson fire last week could be released from the hospital as early as Wednesday, officials said.

Doctors removed the breathing tube from Private Chris McGrone, 38, on Monday morning, and he was out of a medically induced coma, IFD Capt. Rita Burris said.

McGrone is in stable condition and could be released from IU Methodist Hospital as early as Wednesday, Burris said.

McGrone was listed in critical condition with injuries related to smoke inhalation after his facemask broke during a fire at a vacant house in the 1500 block of Columbia Avenue early Friday morning.

Officials said McGrone inhaled some of the fire's thick, black smoke after part of his face mask fell off.

"It is a bad situation when that  fresh air is taken away from a firefighter and all they have left are those super heated gases and that's what happened in this situation," IFD Chief Ken Bacon said.

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