Teen sets himself on fire in suburban Denver high school: report

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 27, 2014 12:46 PM

DENVER (Reuters) - Firefighters in suburban Denver were dispatched on Monday to a high school where a student was reported by local media to have set himself ablaze in the cafeteria, prompting an evacuation of the campus.

Authorities in the community of Westminster, Colorado, declined to confirm details of the incident at Standley Lake High School, but a spokeswoman for the town's fire department said one student suffered burns over 80 percent of his body.

ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver reported that a student walked into the school cafeteria shortly after 7 a.m. local time and set himself on fire, before two cafeteria workers grabbed a fire extinguisher and quickly doused the flames.

One of the workers suffered an abrasion from breaking the glass to reach the extinguisher, KMGH said.

The Westminster Fire Department said that firefighters arriving at the school were mostly dealing with smoke, but that the school would remain closed for the day.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)