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2nd UW-Eau Claire student dies from injuries in apartment fire

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Fatal fire graphic.
Fatal fire graphic.

EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - A second UW-Eau Claire student has died from serious burns suffered in an apartment fire on Monday.

21-year-old Jacob Clarkson died Tuesday at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. One of his roommates, 21-year-old Ross Livermore, was found dead at the scene of the blaze.

Two others escaped with minor injuries.

All four were friends from Stillwater Minnesota. All were attending UW-Eau Claire, but Livermore was on leave for the semester.

Clarkson’s family said it would honor Jacob’s request to be an organ donor – and the family asked for prayers for them and the other victims’ families.

The fire broke out above a real estate business. Eau Claire Deputy Fire Chief Scott Burkart said it might take a few weeks to determine the cause.

Electrical engineers and insurance adjusters joined fire investigators at the scene Tuesday. 

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