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One UND student in critical but stable condition after fire at rental unit near campus

Two UND male students were injured, one critically, in an early-morning Sunday fire at their rental house that is two blocks east of campus.

According to Eric Plummer, UND police chief, one of the student occupants arrived home at the 2029 First Ave. N. residence about 2:40 a.m., to find the house in flames.

“He went into the house and pulled the other occupant out,” Plummer said. “The other occupant was unconscious, but breathing, at the scene.”

One resident was treated and released at Altru Hospital and the other was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition. Names are expected to be released Monday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Mike Opp of Oxford Apartments, the owner of the rental property, said he didn’t know which of the tenants were involved in the fire. Opp said the house has four occupants, with two of them out of town because of UND’s spring break.

“We just hope and pray everyone will be OK,” Opp said.

The damage to the house and contents was estimated at $80,000. Battalion Chief Chad Cutshaw said the fire department will maintain a presence at the site into Monday “to make sure it doesn’t rekindle.”

According to neighbors, the four occupants moved into the house last fall.