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Colo. Student Lights Himself on Fire in Cafeteria

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Student at a northern Colorado high school were faced with a disturbing scene after a 16-year-old student set himself on fire.

A police investigator described what happened.

Cheri Spottke of the Westminster, Colo. Police said "between 7:00 and 7:30 this morning, a male student entered Standley Lake High School cafeteria. He proceeded to light himself on fire."

The fire did not spread to other areas of the building and was put out a short while later.

"It was contained to the cafeteria area," said Spottke. "Two cafeteria workers were able to get a fire extinguisher and extinguish the fire fairly quickly."

The student suffered burns on more than 80 percent of his body and is in critical condition. A school employee also suffered minor injuries trying to grab a fire extinguisher out of its glass container.

Local news station KUSA labeled the incident a suicide attempt and reported the student left a suicide note on social media.


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