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Half of Mukilteo elementary school damaged in overnight fire, closing school until next year

MUKILTEO, Wash. — Fire officials are investigating how a fire started at a Mukilteo elementary school early Monday.

Mukilteo Fire crews were dispatched to Endeavor Elementary School on Harbour Pointe Boulevard after receiving a report of a fire alarm at 1:31 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the building and found fire inside.

Crews from Mukilteo, Paine Field, and South County Fire were among those who responded. The response included 42 firefighters, eight engines, and two ladder trucks, which were used to fight the fire that was in the roof.

The fire was contained by 3:37 am.

Because of holes cut in the roof and ceilings to get to the fire, repairs need to be in place before the forecasted incoming rain.

According to Mukilteo Fire, there is damage to the building caused by flames and the water used to put out the fire. At least half of the school was affected by the fire.

The school announced it will be closed until next year and plans to do distance learning.

It said it’s working on childcare through the YMCA for families who need options during the day. Also, any families who need an emergency meal for Tuesday can pick it up at the Columbia office between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The school said it’s looking into a longer-term nearby location for providing student meals after Tuesday.

It also said if the closure poses any hardships for families, to let the school counselor know by email or ParentSquare.

The school said it would provide an update on Tuesday with confirmed plans.

Last year, about 430 students attended the school.