Fox 5 News in Washington DC reports that a fire occurred in a chemistry lab at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax County, VA around 9:40 a.m. today. According to a tweet from Fairfax County Public Schools, five students were injured, including two students who were seriously burned and airlifted to the Washington Burn Center at MedStar Hospital in the District. The other three students were taken by ambulance to nearby Inova Fairfax Hospital. A teacher was also injured, but was not taken to the hospital and remained at the scene.
The high school was quickly evacuated. Fire officials say the fire was swiftly extinguished with the help of a sprinkler system and that Hazmat crews are on the scene. The cause remains under investigation. Students were taken to the school's stadium where they were addressed by school officials and attendance was taken.
Today's unfortunate accident calls to mind the timely September/October NFPA Journal cover story, Unsafe Science which tackles the issue of school lab safety with video content, tip sheets and relevant news content.