Two-Alarm Fire Damages Elementary School in Kent Overnight


Puget Sound Fire Authority Crews were originally dispatched to an activated fire alarm at Neely O'Brien Elementary.

Kent, WA: At around 2:30 a.m., a single fire engine was dispatched to Neely O'Brien Elementary for a reported activated fire alarm. Crews with the first due engine told our photographer exclusively that as they responded and got closer to the school, they could see a smoke column and knew something was wrong.

When crews arrived, they stated they found moderate amount of fire coming from the roof near the school's gym. A full commercial fire assignment was struck and crews initiated an offensive fire attack.

As crews got the roof fire under control, the crews on the roof requested a second alarm for the fire extending into the attic void space above the gym.

Fire command stated that once the fire got into the void space it was slowly burning up the roof line through the insulation.

It took crews about an hour from dispatch to fully contain the flames.

No injuries, no word on the cause of the fire.

Lead agency - Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority

Assisting agencies - South King Fire and Rescue, Renton Regional Fire, Tukwila Fire, Valley Regional Fire, King County Medic One, and Zone 3 Fire Explorers as Rehab.