Sultan High School evacuated after chemical spill

SULTAN — A chemical spill at Sultan High School on Monday morning caused classrooms to be evacuated as a safety precaution.

One teacher was taken to a local hospital for potential exposure, according to the fire department and the school district.

A hydrochloric acid spill was reported about 8:45 a.m. in a science lab, district superintendent Dan Chaplik said.

School officials were waiting for fire crews to make sure hazardous fumes didn’t get into the ventilation system, Chaplik said.

As of 10:30 a.m., students were being housed in the gymnasium while crews monitored air-quality levels in the school, said Sultan fire Lt. Tim Tullis.

The second-alarm hazardous-materials response also involved crews from Gold Bar, Monroe, Clearview and Fire District 1 in south Snohomish County.

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