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5 students released, 2 flown to burn unit after Carlisle middle school fire

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Five students have been released from Carlisle Regional Medical Center after a fire at Wilson Middle School. Two others were flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

One of the students at Hopkins is listed in stable condition. abc27 does not know the condition of the second student.

Officials say a total of five students were burned in an science lab fire around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Two students and one teacher suffered from smoke inhalation.

The principal will address students at the end of the day, Superintendent John Friend said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Friend said there will be counselors available for students. The school will operate as normal tomorrow. 

Friend said they are still not sure what chemicals caused the fire but said a fireball occurred when they were mixed together. The science teacher put the fire out with an extinguisher.

He was later checked out at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. He has been teaching at Wilson for three years. Students injured by the fire received initial treatment from nurses and paramedics before being taken to the hospital.

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."

Following the fire, the eighth grade wing was evacuated, Silverstrim said. Friend said that while there does not appear to be severe damage to the classroom, it will be closed for a while.

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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