Deadly Eau Claire apartment fire claims another victim

2:44 PM, Oct 10, 2012   |    comments
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - A second student has died after fire swept an off-campus apartment near the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

A spokeswoman for Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis says 21-year-old Jacob Clarkson died Tuesday.

Clarkson's family issued a statement saying they will "miss him more than words can say." Family members say they are honoring Clarkson's decision to be an organ donor.

The Leader-Telegram reports Clarkston was severely burned in Monday's fire that also killed his roommate, 21-year-old Ross Livermore.

Two other roommates escaped the fire and have been released from a local hospital. All of the roommates were friends from Stillwater, Minn.

The family of Jacob Clarkson released this statement Tuesday: "Today we said goodbye to our son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew and cousin, Jacob. Jacob enjoyed life and willed that others would have the chance for life, too. That's why we're honoring his decision to be an organ donor. We are so proud of him - and we miss him more than words can say. Thanks to everyone who kept our family in their prayers during this difficult time. Please continue to pray for us and also for Ross' family as we grieve the loss of our sons."

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