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Police: Colorado high schooler set himself on fire

Colo. Student Sets Himself On Fire In Cafeteria: Police

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) - A student was injured after deliberately setting himself on fire Monday in the cafeteria of suburban Denver high school, causing officials to cancel classes at the school for the day.

Westminster Police Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke said she didn't know if the student made any threats or statements before starting himself on fire at about 7:15 a.m. at Standley Lake High School in Westminster, northwest of Denver. He was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

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

The fire was contained to the cafeteria and was put out by an adult with a fire extinguisher, Spottke said. There also was extensive smoke in the building.

Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman Lynn Setzer says Standley Lake High has been closed for the day and students were sent home. She said she didn't know if students were in class when the fire was reported.

No additional details about the injured student were released.

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

Setzer said students without cars were being taken by buses to a local middle school, where they could be picked up by their parents.

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Don E January 28 2014 at 12:02 AM

I HOPE THIS KID IS ALRIGHT. I ALSO HOPE THEY FIND OUT WHY HE DID THIS AND GET HIM SOME TREATMENT.

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avanticrzy January 27 2014 at 11:12 PM

And some idiot put him out.........................

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GRANCON2 January 28 2014 at 10:02 AM

you sound like you have great character WRONG

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bds6543 January 27 2014 at 10:55 PM

So--What the HEY is going on in Colorado????? How many school shooting and other outrageous shootings have they had??? Is something in the air or a shortage of air out there/??? Geeezz!!.

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rgm012153 January 27 2014 at 10:33 PM

You people are so mean

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rgm012153 January 27 2014 at 10:24 PM

There is a problem with our children

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ervaughn January 27 2014 at 10:14 PM

Youuuuuuuuuuuuu, You Light Up My liiiiiiiiiiiiiiife. You give me Smoke to carry on...........

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williamwptrcn1 January 27 2014 at 9:32 PM

Why?

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hrdbal51 January 27 2014 at 9:20 PM

Ban matches... not guns.

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GRANCON2 January 28 2014 at 10:02 AM

i knew some a hole would have a gun comment thanks for proving me right again

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Vern January 27 2014 at 9:06 PM

Hope he is okay

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williambeasy January 27 2014 at 8:54 PM

Ban matches! Register match users! Can't say 'matchmaker' in the theater!

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