SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — Officials say a veteran San Jose firefighter who suffered a heart attack while battling a fire at a downtown cathedral last week remains in critical but stable condition.

San Jose fire spokeswoman Capt. Mary Gutierrez says Frank Ryan collapsed around noon Thursday as he and other firefighters worked on containing a three-alarm blaze at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

At the time he collapsed Gutierrez says firefighters were working in what she termed “very hot, black-out conditions.”

Ryan, who will turn 42-years-old next month, is a 15-year veteran of the department. He was assigned to the department’sdowntown fire station, one of San Jose’s busiest.

Meanwhile, a prayer vigil is planned for 4 p.m. Sunday at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, the hospital where Ryan is being cared for.

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