2nd student dies after fire at near UW-Eau Claire apartment

CREATED Oct 9, 2012

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EAU CLAIRE- 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.