UPDATE: Second Clinton firefighter breathing on his own, making improvements

Published: Jan. 5, 2019 at 12:59 PM CST
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UPDATE 1/6 5:40 p.m.:

Fireman Adam Cain is continuing to make improvements, according to city officials.

On Sunday officials released an update saying he is now breathing on his own and he is awake and alert.

Lt. Eric Hosette returned to Clinton Sunday while citizens, firefighters, public safety and others from the area lined the streets during his procession.

Memorial services are pending for Lt. Eric Hosette, however, city officials say the wake and Memorial Service are expected to be later this week.

TV6 was in Clinton during the procession and you can find the latest information on our news at 10 p.m. with Chris Carter and Jenna Jackson.

UPDATE 7:11 P.M.:

During a press conference in Clinton, Iowa, Fire Chief Mike Brown identified the fallen firefighter as Lt. Eric Hosette. Chief Brown says Hosette was 33 years old, with a wife and young daughter. Hosette was taken to Mercy Medical where medical crews worked to revive him but they were unsuccessful.

Chief Brown also spoke about the injured firefighter, identifying him as FF Adam Cain. Chief Brown says Cain was first missing after the explosion. Once found, he was flown to Iowa City where he is now in critical, but stable condition.

At this time, firefighters from outside agencies are in Clinton at the three stations assisting.

Visibly emotional, Chief Brown says, "Healing will take a long time."

Clinton City Administer Matt Brooke says ADM is working closely with the city to investigate what caused the explosion. He says the investigation will be ongoing.

At this time, a memorial service has not been set.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.


The Clinton Fire Department is mourning after the death of a firefighter Saturday morning.

According to a post by the Rock Island Fire Department, a firefighter was killed while battling a fire this morning. ADM Grains confirmed to TV6 the incident occurred at its Clinton facility.

According to ADM, a fire was discovered in the silo storage bins at the loading facility. As firefighters were battling the fire, the company says, an explosion occurred. Two firefighters were hurt, one of the fatality.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these brave firefighters,” the company said in a statement to TV6. “They put their lives in danger every day, and it's hard to express how much we appreciate their selfless help in a time of need. We greatly appreciate the quick response, bravery and dedication of all of the emergency responders today. We are deeply saddened at the turn of events.”

"Please pray for the members of the Clinton Fire Department and their families as they have lost one of the own while fighting a fire this morning," the post said.

The name of the fallen firefighter has not been released.

The cause of the fire and explosion are under investigation.

TV6 is told a news conference is scheduled for this evening. We will live stream the news conference on the KWQC Facebook page.

This is a breaking news story. Refresh this page for updates.