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Second UW-Eau Claire student dies from burns suffered in apartment fire

A second UW-Eau Claire student has died from serious burns suffered in an apartment fire on Monday.

Jacob Clarkson, 21, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 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, Minn. 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. 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.