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Eau Claire fire inspector: Still unanswered questions about fatal fire

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Fatal fire graphic.
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EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - An Eau Claire fire inspector says there are still lots of questions to be answered about the October 8th apartment fire that killed two college students from Minnesota.

But Gary Puljas said the blaze appears to have started in one of the apartment’s four bedrooms.

Jacob Clarkson and Ross Livermore, both 21 from Stillwater Minnesota, were killed. Two other UW-Eau Claire students from Stillwater escaped with minor injuries.

Puljas said investigators were still trying to determine if the electrical outlets were overloaded – and what types of appliances were in the apartment, including space heaters.

The blaze occurred above a real estate office. The building’s owner said there were 3 smoke detectors in the apartment, and Puljas says investigators are still trying to determine if they were working – or if they had batteries.

He said more would be known in early November, after fire inspectors and insurance adjusters look at the wreckage. 

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