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Tumwater Fire Department remains on scene of commercial structure fire

Custer Way SW remains closed at Capitol Blvd and 2nd Ave SW

Post Date:10/08/2018 6:00 PM

 (6:00 p.m., 8 Oct. 2018)

Tumwater, WATumwater Fire Department responded to a 3-alarm commercial structure fire at the former Olympia Brewery property, on the south side of Custer Way SW, at 2:01 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018. The initial call was received from a passerby who reported smoke coming from one of the buildings.

The fire damaged approximately 35,000 sq. ft. of an 85,000 sq. ft. building that was previously the main office of the former brewery. The building is not currently in use and has been vacant since 2003, when the brewery closed. At this time, there is no estimated cost of damage to the building, and no reported injuries.

A rapid response by Tumwater Fire Department and neighboring jurisdictions contained the fire and limited damage to other buildings on the property and nearby businesses. The cause of the fire has not been determined – this remains an open fire investigation.

City building officials and fire investigators conducted a structural assessment of the building and recommended that debris from the partially collapsed walls and roof should be removed using heavy equipment, prior to allowing firefighters and investigators to enter the building.

Over 80 firefighters from five area departments provided mutual aid to Tumwater Fire Department, including Olympia Fire Department, Lacey Fire Dist. 3, McLane Black Lake Fire Department, East Olympia Fire Department and West Thurston Regional Fire Departments.

The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) Spill Response team assisted Tumwater Fire providing air quality monitoring and water sampling to evaluate any potential impacts to the Deschutes River and nearby salmon hatchery. The agency reported water quality as good, and air quality readings near the active fire as moderate.

Tumwater Public Works estimates 1.5 million gallons of water were used to douse the flames.

Fire Department crews will remain on the scene throughout the night to extinguish any hot spots.

This fire incident did NOT involve any of the historic brewery properties, located on the north side of Custer Way.

The property is owned by Tumwater Development LLC of Anaheim, California.  

Custer Way SW will remain closed at Capitol Boulevard and 2nd Ave. SW. - This includes closure of Boston Street, due to fire activity.  Drivers should use alternate routes. It is anticipated that the road will reopen for the Tuesday morning commute.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Ann Cook, Communications Manager
City of Tumwater
(360) 754-4123 | (360) 878-4001 mobile