20-year-old St. Thomas student dies in a house fire

A sophomore was killed in a fire early Saturday morning at a house rented by Univeristy of St. Thomas students.

Four students were at the house at 1795 Selby Avenue during the fire, St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said. Three of them jumped out of the second-story window after the smoke alarm went off at 3 a.m., the Star Tribune reported. They were taken to Regions Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and injuries.

The fourth student was asleep on the couch on the first floor, the Pioneer Press reported. He died in the fire.

When firefighters arrived on the scene at 3:15 a.m. smoke and flames had reached the second floor, the Star Tribune reported. The three students who escaped the blaze, one female and two males, were found outside.

The name of the 20-year-old sophomore has not been released, but Zaccard confirmed he was a student at the University.

The fire seemingly started on the front porch outside, although the cause is unknown, Zaccard said.

The house was heavily damaged and is "probably a total loss," Zaccard said, the Pioneer Press reported.

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