Fire crews were called to Washington Elementary School early this morning as flames engulfed the building.

Our news partner Mid-Michigan Now reports that multiple calls came in to report the fire beginning around 12:20 am. Fire crews arrived to find that the roof of the abandoned building was on fire, but flames quickly spread to multiple sections of the building.

Flint's Oldest School Building

Washington Elementary School, located at 1400 N. Vernon Avenue in Flint, was built in 1922 and is one of the oldest school buildings in the Flint Community School district. The building closed in 2014. Mid-Michigan Now reports that there have been at least two fires at the building since its closing.

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Citing concerns that the dilapidated condition of the building could cause it to collapse, firefighters were forced to pull back and let the structure burn.

No Official Cause for the Fire as of Yet

Firefighters have yet to determine the cause of the fire. One witness who lives in the neighborhood reported online that he witnessed several people in or near the building on Wednesday (10/6) although those people have not yet been connected with the fire.

The video below from Mlive shows some of the destruction caused by this morning's fire. There's an extensive gallery that details more of the destruction sustained by today's fire here.


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