Two MU students remained in critical condition Tuesday after a south Columbia house fire on Sunday, University Hospital media coordinator Jess Hoelscher said.
John Rubin and Cody Boswell, both 22, suffered burns from a fire caused by improper use of a clay outdoor fireplace at 3209 Skylark Lane, said Battalion Chief Steve Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department.
Rubin dropped from the second-floor to escape the blaze, and firefighters rescued Boswell from a second-floor front bedroom where he was trapped by flames and smoke, Sapp said.
He said the chiminea, a clay outdoor fireplace, ignited the home’s wooden deck and then the fire spread.
Sapp said chimineas should never be used on wooden decks or combustible surfaces and the fires in them should be small and containable.