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8 injured in lab explosion, fire at Carlisle school

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Officials say five students were burned in an science lab fire at Wilson Middle School around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Two students and one teacher have suffered from smoke inhalation.

Cumberland County Public Information Officer Megan Silverstrim said two students were flown from the scene. They are being taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Three other burn victims, along with the students and teacher suffering from smoke inhalation, were taken to Carlisle Regional Medical Center.

School officials are calling the incident a fire; however, abc27 spoke to a student who said he heard a popping noise followed by students running out of the classroom. He said some students did not have shirts on because they had been burned.

Cumberland County Department of Public Safety said the incident has no "relationship to the bomb threats at the Carlisle High School on Tuesday."

abc27 sources say rubbing alcohol caused an explosion. Following the explosion, only the area around the classroom was evacuated, Silverstrim said.

Twenty five students were in the eighth grade science class when the fire broke out.

Students at the school, which houses students from sixth through eight grades and is located at 900 Waggoner's Gap Rd., will be dismissed at the regular time. Parents who want to come get their children are allowed to do so.

Silverstrim said parents of the injured students have been contacted. If parents have not received a call about their child, then the child is safe.

To watch an interview with a student from Wilson Middle School, click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7L1zHrO324&feature=youtu.be).

This is a developing story. We will update this page with more information as it becomes available. You can follow Kendra Nichols for immediate updates.

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