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Maple Grove science class lab fire burns 4 students

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Dec 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - Four ninth-grade students have suffered burns during a science experiment at Maple Grove Junior High School.

A spokeswoman for the Osseo School District says the students suffered "mild to severe'' burns, but the burns are not life-threatening.

District spokeswoman Barbara Olson tells the Star Tribune the students were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment. Three of the four were released from the hospital.

Olson says the accident involved a flammable gas and papers catching fire. It happened about 9:45 a.m. Thursday in a classroom of about 30 students.

Olson says a "fire coat'' was used to extinguish the flames on the students. She says the classroom was evacuated as a precaution.

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