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Updated Nov 12, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Five treated for burns after science experiment goes bad

PHOENIX -- Five people from La Jolla High School in Avondale were treated for burns Tuesday after a science experiment went wrong, a fire official said.

"We were told an experiment had involved an ignition source," said Avondale Fire Department Deputy Chief Ron Deadman. "But when the ignitio source went off, it had a bigger effect than planned and caught another chemical on fire temporarily which caused the burns."

The victims are aged 29, 18, 17, 16 and 15. Deadman said the eldest victim was reportedly a teacher and leader of an after-school science program.

Two of the three hospitalized are seniors and the other student is a sophomore. Their names haven't been released yet.

Phoenix TV station KTVK reports that the students suffered some burns on their faces and hands but the extent of the injuries isn't immediately known.

Avondale Fire Department officials say the three were taken to a burn unit for treatment.

The chemicals involved are unknown.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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