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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Arson fire in Saddleback College classroom leaves one Southern California student dead

 Fire deliberately started with liquid accelerant

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. - Authorities say a student has died after being burned in an arson fire in a classroom at Orange County's Saddleback College.
 
The fire broke out at 6:30 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the Business and General Studies Building.
 
College spokeswoman Jennie McCue tells the Los Angeles Times that firefighters found the 21-year-old male student unconscious.
 
Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Jon Muir says the student was revived, taken to a trauma center and flown to a burn center.
 
The student died Monday night. His name hasn't been released.
 
Arson investigators determined the fire was deliberately started with a liquid accelerant.
 
Muir says investigators are trying to determine whether the student deliberately or accidently set himself on fire or is a victim of the arson.
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