Washougal school administrators and staff are reeling in the aftermath of a seven-hour lockdown last Wednesday.
The lockdown was in response to a fire, explosion and suspect with a gun at 3275 “F” Place. The location is near Hathaway Elementary, Gause Elementary, Washougal High and Excelsior High schools.
Bruce Stanton, a chemistry teacher at WHS, said he was in his first period class when a student said, “Mr. Stanton, there’s a big cloud of smoke over there.'”
The lockdown was announced right after first period. Stanton was not surprised.
“I knew this was no drill,” he said. “I put the fire and lockdown together instantly.”
Stanton added that from his windows, which face the west side of town, the fire looked much closer than it actually was.