Students burned in Virginia high school fire

Students are seen outside of W.T. Woodson High School where a fire occurred. Photo courtesy: Brad Freitas via NBC Washington

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Fire officials say a teacher and five students were hurt, two of them seriously, when a chemical fire broke out in a laboratory classroom at a northern Virginia high school.

Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers says firefighters called to W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax on Friday morning found a fire in the classroom. Bowers says two students were flown to a hospital burn center, where they are in serious condition, and three other students were taken to a hospital. He says a teacher was treated on the scene, and none of the injuries is life-threatening. The school was evacuated.

Bowers says the fire broke out during a classroom activity. Police Chief Col. Edwin Roessler there’s no evidence of criminal activity.

The school announced it is dismissing early for the day, at 12:55 p.m.

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