A high school teen clings to life after he apparently set himself on fire in the cafeteria of Standley Lake High School in Westminster, Colorado. The 16-year-old boy is in critical condition after an apparent suicide attempt on Monday, police reported.
The yet to be identified student apparently torched himself as soon as he stepped into the cafeteria at Standley Lake High School in Westminster around 7:15 a.m., officials said.
One of two workers who spotted the burning student was sliced by the glass she smashed to grab a fire extinguisher, which they used to put out the flames, KMGH-TV reported.
Emergency respondents arrived to the scene within moments and shuttled the student to a local hospital, where the teen clings to life, listed in critical condition.
Several other students were in the cafeteria the time of the inferno but thankfully no one was injured.
The worker was treated for a minor injury at the same hospital.
Lynn Setzer, spokeswoman for Jefferson County Public Schools, said the fire called for an evacuation of the building. The students were sent home and classes were cancelled for the day, Setzer said. Students that were without cars were taken by busses to a local middle school, where they waited to be picked up by their parents Setzer also said.
Security vehicles and police cars blocked the entrance to the school as light snow fell on this tragic day.
The fire itself did not cause much damage, but created heavy smoke conditions, said Westminster Police Department spokesman Cheri Spottke.
Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the ordeal, but believe there was no evidence to suggest the teen meant any harm to anyone but himself.
“There is no indication there were any threats to any schools,” Spottke said.
It is not clear what was used to start the fire.