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1 dead, 2 injured leaping from windows in townhome fire

The man who was killed was celebrating his 33rd birthday hours before the blaze broke out

By FireRescue1 Staff

EAGAN, Minn. — A Minn. man is dead and two others injured after they jumped to safety, trying to escape a fire in their townhouse.

The Sunday morning fire was reported by neighbors who awoke to screams and flames outside their doors, according to Fox 9 News.

Firefighters, hampered by the frigid temperatures, arrived at the scene to find two men on the ground outside, hurt after jumping from their bedroom windows. One suffered a broken foot, the other a head injury.

"Probably one of the worst days, never a good day for a fire..but this is one of the worst days with this cold weather makes our job that much harder," Chief Scott said.

Matthew and Jeff Haggerty own the townhomes. Matthew tried to put out the fire, but the flames were too intense, forcing him to jump to safety.

Matthew then tried to put a ladder to the second-floor window where his friend Roger Yarusso was sleeping, but he never came out and was later found dead by firefighters.

Sunday was Yarusso's 33rd birthday. The fire broke out just hours after Yarusso, Matthew and their friends were celebrating.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze. All three roommates in the townhome were smokers, but it is not clear if that played a role in the fire.

Yarusso leaves behind three young children.




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Douglas Larson Douglas Larson Monday, January 21, 2013 12:34:21 PM My prayers go out to this family that lost a loved one and there home.

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