Second student dies after New Year's Day fire near UC's campus

CINCINNATI - A second college student injured in a New Year's Day house fire near the University of Cincinnati's campus has died.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, a message appeared on a Facebook page for Ellen Garner, 20,  stating, "It is with absolutely broken hearts that I tell you that the Garner family and their friends kissed Ellen's earthly body goodbye this morning."

Garner had been in critical condition after being rescued from the fire on Digby Avenue in University Heights. Firefighters determined the blaze was cause by a space heater placed too close to flammable material.

In a Twitter message, UC's President Santa Ono released the statement, " I am saddened by the loss of Ellen from our community. My thoughts are with her family/friends especially her sisters at Kappa Kappa Gamma."

Co-workers at the BW3's also reacted with sadness and outreach to Garner's passing.

"Ellen always had a way of putting things," said Pete Miller, assistant general manager of the restaurant. "She was strait forward. If somebody wasn't doing something right she was the first one to correct them and correct them in a good way, and everybody loved her no matter what and and she always lit up a room, always thinking positive, a very bright intelligent young lady."

Miller added the restaurant will also donate 10 percent of food sales on Wednesday at the BW3's on Calhoun in Clifton to Garner's family.

The other student rescued from the fire, Chad Kohls, 21, died Monday, Jan. 7.

Seven people were rescued from the multi-story residence. Three exited the building themselves and four were rescued by firefighters. Kohls, Garner, and a third person were transported to University Hospital. The third individual received only minor injuries.

The Facebook page that delivered the news of Garner's passing went on to say:

Heaven is now totally aglow with a new radiance that we will miss terribly while we remain here. Around the clock, around the world, we were all on our knees praying for a miracle. We remain convinced that miracles have occurred and will keep occurring in ways that are yet to be revealed.

The post went on to say funeral services were being planned for Friday, Jan. 18. in Tipp City, Ohio, a community located just north of Dayton.

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