Calif high school lab fire injures 2 students

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Updated: 2/01/2013 6:17 pm

CLOVIS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say two students have been injured after a fire inside a high school in Central California.

Fresno Fire Department spokesman Koby Johns told the Fresno Bee ( ) on Friday that one student was taken to the hospital after sustaining first-degree burns to his throat from the fire inside a chemistry lab at Clovis North High School.

Johns says a teacher was showing a student an experiment involving two chemicals when the blaze sparked and ignited a backpack. The teacher quickly covered the blaze with a fire blanket before extinguishing it.

Johns says a second student sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

About 3,000 students were evacuated from the school as a precaution.

Kelly Avants, a spokeswoman for Clovis Unified School District, told the Associated Press that students eventually were able to return to school.


Information from: The Fresno Bee,


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