- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa officials have released the identity of the student who died in a fire at a university-owned apartment.

UI spokeswoman Anne Bassett announced Tuesday that 22-year-old Jiaxin Duan died in a Friday fire at the Hawkeye Drive Apartments. He was a fourth-year art major.

Authorities responded to a report of an explosion about 4:30 p.m. Friday.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating the cause of the fire. Autopsy results are not yet complete.

Bassett says Duan’s mother also lived in the apartment and is receiving help from the American Red Cross and the UI.

The fire was contained to one apartment in the building. All other tenants were allowed back into their units Friday night.

The apartments are about three miles west of campus.


This version of the story has been corrected to show the UI spokeswoman is Anne Bassett, not Jeneane Beck.

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