Authorities: Colorado student set himself on fire at school

Police say a 16-year-old boy was critically injured after setting himself on fire in an apparent suicide attempt at a suburban Denver high school.

Westminster Police Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke says information gathered in the investigation so far has led them to suspect the student was trying to take his life Monday. She didn’t elaborate.

The fire was contained to the cafeteria and was put out by a school worker. There also was extensive smoke in the building.

Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman Lynn Setzer says the school was closed for the day and students were sent home. She says she didn’t know if students were in class when the fire was reported.

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