2nd student dies after fire at off-campus apartment

Roommates were friends from Stillwater, Minn.

Published On: Oct 09 2012 09:47:15 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2012 05:56:16 PM CDT
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 said 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 said they are honoring Clarkson's decision to be an organ donor.

The Leader-Telegram reported that 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.