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Milton Keynes school fire leaves woman and boy injured

Hazeley Academy
Image caption The injured woman was a member of staff at Hazeley Academy in Milton Keynes

A six-year-old boy and a 35-year-old woman were injured in a fire in a science laboratory at a Milton Keynes school.

Thames Valley police were called to the incident at Hazeley Academy at about 13:10 GMT on Wednesday.

A woman who worked at the school was airlifted to Stoke Mandeville Hospital after suffering burns to her face and body. She is in a stable condition.

The boy was also taken to hospital with superficial burn injuries to his face.

He is also in a stable condition.

'Ball of flame'

A spokesman for Buckingham Fire and Rescue Service said the incident had been sparked by an experiment.

"It was what appeared to be an experiment in a science lab which caused a ball of flame," he said.

"It was a flash fire which injured two people who were presumably quite close to it."

The Health and Safety Executive has started an investigation into the cause.

A statement on its website says: "There has been an isolated incident in The Hazeley Academy which was dealt with by the emergency services.

"All academy children are accounted for and safe. A member of staff was taken to hospital and we will report later as to any possible disruption to the school day on Thursday."

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