Injured SF firefighter released from hospital

March 2, 2009 12:09:18 PM PST
A San Francisco firefighter who was critically injured in a fire nearly a month ago has been released from the hospital, authorities said today.

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Firefighter Chris Posey, an 11-year veteran of the department, was hospitalized in San Francisco General Hospital's intensive care unit after the Feb. 5 blaze that destroyed a vacant two-story home in the city's Portola district. Investigators have determined the cause was arson.

Posey was released from the hospital on Friday, hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said today.

Tom O'Connor, treasurer of the local firefighters' union, said this morning that Posey is now recovering at his San Jose home.

"He's doing much better," O'Connor said. "He's off the respirator, breathing on his own, and he's starting to walk around."

"He still has a long way to ago with the burns, but compared to where he was two weeks ago, it's much better," O'Connor said.

Five other firefighters were also injured after the home's roof collapsed and sent hot gas and smoke down a hallway toward them. All five were also treated and released.

A $75,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for starting the fire.

No arrests have yet been made, police said today.

A fundraiser for Posey's family held Thursday in San Francisco raised between $6,000 and $8,000, according to O'Connor.

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