Student sets himself on fire at Denver-area school

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — One student was severely injured and a staff member was slightly injured after a student set himself on fire in the cafeteria.

Fire officials say more than 80% of the student's body was burned after he tried to kill himself Standley Lake High School in suburban Denver. The student was taken to an area hospital

The fire, which broke out at 7:12 a.m., was extinguished quickly. Westminster Police Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke said she didn't know if the student made any threats or statements before igniting himself.

A cafeteria worker suffered a minor cut while trying to put out the blaze, she said. She didn't know how the student set the fire.

The fire was confined to the cafeteria, and officials said the building did not sustain much damage but smoke did fill the area.

"Our focus now is making sure the kids are safe," Spottke said.

School was canceled for the day, and students who already had arrived on campus are being sent home.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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