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Student severely burned in chemical fire

The class was conducting experiments with hexane, a hydrocarbon found in gasoline


PULLMAN, Wash. — A laboratory experiment at Washington State University went awry Friday, igniting a chemical fire and severely burning a student.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the 2:22 p.m. blaze on the fifth floor of Fulmer Hall, the university's chemistry building, according to the Pullman Fire Department.

Witnesses told investigators that students were conducting experiments with hexane, a hydrocarbon found in gasoline.

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