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Student burned in fire at High Point Elementary, airlifted to Tampa General

CLEARWATER — A High Point Elementary student has been airlifted with burn injuries after a fire broke out at the school Wednesday afternoon.

The Largo Fire Department responded to the call around 2:20 p.m. and is still investigating the cause of the fire, said spokesman Terry Tokarz. A boy was injured in a fire and was transported by Bayflite to Tampa General Hospital's burn center.

Tokarz said the boy's father was on the scene and that the boy was "alert and talking to us."

The school was evacuated but no other students were in danger, Tokarz said. One teacher suffered minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital, he said.

The school, located at 5921 150th Ave. N near the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, did not have any structural damage. The fire has been extinguished and students were allowed back in the building just before 3 p.m., in time for dismissal.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Colleen Wright at [email protected] or (727) 893-8643. Follow @Colleen_Wright on Twitter.

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