EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - One person is dead and two are hospitalized after an early morning apartment fire in Eau Claire Monday.
Firefighters say the blaze broke inside the building that houses Clear Water Real Estate and a number of upper level apartments.
A statement from the interim chancelor at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire says all four people involved are students. Besides the student who died in the fire, one young person was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with serious injuries. A third students is being treated at a hospital in Eau Claire while the fourth was treated for minor injuries and released.
First responders shut down roads in the busy business district to better fight the fire. As of noon crews were still on the scene doing cleanup and watching for hot spots.
Below is the email sent to the campus community at UWEC in its entirety.
To the UW-Eau Claire Campus Community,
It is with great sadness that I am sharing with you the tragic news that a fire early this morning at a Water Street apartment has taken the life of a UW-Eau Claire student and left another seriously injured.
A third UW-Eau Claire student is being treated at an Eau Claire hospital for injuries sustained in the fire, while a fourth student was treated for minor injuries and released.
Emergency crews were called to the 600 block of Water Street early this morning after smoke was seen coming from the building in which the students' apartment was housed.
We are working closely with Eau Claire Police and Fire officials as they are gathering information about the circumstances of the fire and our students who were in the building at the time of the fire.
We also are providing support to the students involved in the fire and their families.
While we understand that our campus community is anxious to know more about our students who were involved in this tragedy, we must be respectful of their families and loved ones.
We will share the identities of the students who were killed or injured in this morning's fire once law enforcement officials have assured us that their families have been notified.
As we wait for more information, please join me in keeping these students and their loved ones in your thoughts during this very difficult time.
Interim Chancellor, UW-Eau Claire
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