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Published On: Mon, Jan 27th, 2014

Colorado high school student attempts suicide by setting himself on fire

A student at a Denver, Colorado high school set himself on fire in the school’s cafeteria today and is in critical condition, authorities said.

The student, age 16, unidentified at this time, suffered burns over 80% of his body.

Westminster Police Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke said the boy didn’t make any threats before starting the fire at about 7:15 a.m. at Standley Lake High School.

“There is no indication there were any threats to any schools,” she said.

Spottke said a custodian was able to use a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze before it could spread.

Several other students were in the cafeteria at the time, but none were injured.

She didn’t know how the student set the fire, which caused extensive smoke in the building.

The school released a statement saying in part, “A student sustained severe burns when he entered the school cafeteria and lit himself on fire. The student has been transported to an area hospital and is in critical condition. Our hearts and prayers go out the family and school community.”

“At this time we do believe that this was a suicide attempt,” Spottke said.

Investigators do not know why the boy set himself on fire, and are talking to his friends, school employees and his parents for clues, Spottke said. They are also reviewing surveillance video from inside the school cafeteria, police said.

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