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UPDATE: Name released in deadly explosion, fire

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The University of Iowa is releasing the name of a student killed in an explosion at an apartment owned by the University.
22-year-old Jiaxin Duan died after an explosion and fire at the Hawkeye Drive Apartments on Friday; Duan was a fourth-year art major.
Duan's mother also lived in the apartment; she is being assisted by the American Red Cross and the University of Iowa.
Autopsy results aren't in yet, and the State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
All of the other people living at Hawkeye Drive were allowed back in their homes by 10:30 on Friday night.
At this point, they don't know how much the damage will cost to repair.


An apartment explosion and fire leave one person dead.

A day later, police tape still surrounds the building, and neighbors are feeling uneasy.

"I'm very concerned about the safety issue," neighbor Jin Young Kuh said. "I worry a lot."

It happened at the Hawkeye Drive Apartments in Iowa City.

The only sign of an explosion -- a boarded window in the back of the building.

Charred furniture, broken glass and other debris is scattered behind the building after being blown out of the apartment in the blast.

The units are owned by the University of Iowa and house international students and staff.

Student Yi Gui is particularly shocked -- she lives right across the hall from the unit where it happened.

"I thought it was a car crashing," she said. "Maybe some car crashed to the curb or something."

Gui soon realized that wasn't the case.

"Probably five minutes later, the fire alarm went off," she said.

She and neighbors evacuated, and saw police and fire crews outside.

"Police officers told us to back off," Gui said.

Gui didn't return until Saturday morning.

She says she never talked to her neighbor who was killed, but learning of their death is heartbreaking.

"It's a foreign country and you lost your life here without your family," she said.

The Iowa City fire department and University of Iowa police are still investigating the cause of that fire.

They have not released the victim's name.

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