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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Hospital officials confirm two Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville students who were critically injured in a fire have died. Lauren Petersen, 19, and Lacy Siddall, 21, both of Bethalto died Monday morning.  The fire appeared to have started near a laptop computer, said Edwardsville Fire Chief, Rick Welle.

The apartment in the 600 block of Hillsboro is just blocks from the firehouse. The fire was seemingly too small to have such tragic consequences. “It was a very rapidly moving situation,” said Welle. “We had crews on the scene very quickly. We had them up the stairs very quickly and we them pulled out very quickly. As many things from our end as possible that could have been done, were done to give [the victims] every chance.

He said firefighters found the women in an area between their bedrooms in their upstairs apartment just before…

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