Inspector: Fatal Eau Claire fire started on 2nd floor

Fire killed 2 UW-Eau Claire students

An Eau Claire fire inspector said the off-campus fire that killed two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students from Minnesota likely started in one of the apartment’s bedrooms.

Fire Inspector Gary Puljas told the St. Paul Pioneer Press most of the damage was done to the two bedrooms on the south side of the four-bedroom apartment.

In a news release Wednesday, Puljas said the fire apparently started on the second floor but the cause is still unknown.

Jacob Clarkson and Ross Livermore, both 21, died as a result of the Oct. 8 fire. Two other roommates escaped the blaze. The four friends graduated from high school in Stillwater, Minn., in 2009.

Fire inspectors and insurance representatives plan to tour the site in November.

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