Cooking class explosion hurts 5 at Chicago school

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Fire Department says five students were burned — one seriously — after a flash explosion during a high school cooking class.

Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says four students at Northside College Prep High School were taken to hospitals after gas ignited in a biology lab while students were heating hot chocolate. The gas caused “a flash” explosion.

A fifth student declined treatment.

Sprinklers extinguished the fire that was reported around 10:30 a.m. The 1,000-student school was briefly evacuated.

Langford says the most seriously injured student received burns to the face, neck and arms.

Nick Przybyciel (PRAY’-uh-chel) is a spokesman at Swedish Covenant Hospital. He says two patients are in stable condition in the emergency room.

The Associated Press left messages with Chicago Public School officials.

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