Standley Lake High School student dies after setting himself on fire

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - Westminster Police say a 16-year-old boy who walked into the cafeteria at Standley Lake High School on Jan. 27 , and set himself on fire, died from his injuries on Sunday.

Westminster police said Vincent Nett died just before 5 p.m. and that counselors would be available at the school on Monday.

Sixty students were in the cafeteria at the time and may have witnessed the horrific scene said Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

She said there were others in the hallway who also may have seen the incident through windows.

Sources said the teenager was burned over 80 percent of his body.

After the boy used an accelerant to set himself ablaze, two school staffers grabbed a fire extinguisher and put the fire out, Westminster Police spokeswoman Cheri Spottke said. She said a cafeteria worker suffered minor cuts while breaking the glass to grab the extinguisher.

After the fire, the school district cancelled classes for the rest of the day and the next day.

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