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Jefferson County officer burned in fire released from hospital

October 06, 2008

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County Sheriff's Department officer who was burned in a fire Friday night at Jefferson High School has been released from Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday night.

Sgt. Victor Lupis will probably return to light duty in about a week, Lt. Dave Colbert said.

Lupis sustained mostly third-degree burns, the most severe, to 10 percent of his body, including his arms, hands, the right side of his face and right ear when he tried to put out a fire in a shed between the football and baseball fields at Jefferson High School, officials said.

Two Jefferson High School staff members went to the 8:35 p.m. fire first, followed by Lupis, said Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober.

A couple of spray paint cans exploded in the shed, and Lupis was burned when he tried to put the fire out, Boober said.

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The fire occurred during a football game between Jefferson and Musselman high schools, but the game continued without delay, Boober said.

Boober said the fire is considered to be arson and could be considered as a terrorist act.

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