Police: Colorado school fire apparent suicide attempt

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) -- Police say a 16-year-old boy was critically injured after setting himself on fire in an apparent suicide attempt at a suburban Denver high school.

Westminster Police Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke says information gathered in the investigation so far has led them to suspect the student was trying to take his life Monday. She didn't elaborate.

The fire was contained to the cafeteria and was put out by a school worker. There also was extensive smoke in the building.

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


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Police say a student is injured after he set himself on fire in the cafeteria at a suburban Denver high school.

Westminster Police Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke says she doesn't know if the student made any threats or statements before starting the fire Monday morning at Standley Lake High School in Westminster, northwest of Denver. He was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

Spottke says the fire was contained to the cafeteria and was put out by an adult with a fire extinguisher. 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.

No additional details about the injured student or the fire's cause were released.


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