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Fire Officials Identify Origin of Blaze at old Brewery Office Building

Cause of fire remains undetermined

Post Date:10/11/2018


Tumwater, WATumwater fire officials still don’t know what sparked Monday’s fire, but a preliminary fire investigation and analysis indicates the October 8 blaze broke out in the southwest area of the building.

The origin of the fire was determined using information provided by first on-scene fire crews, burn patterns, and other indicators. Burn characteristics and wood charring indicated a slow even burning, which is inconsistent with an accelerant-fed fire. The fire is believed to have been burning for some time before the first report was called in to 911 dispatchers just before 2 a.m.

“Fire crews continue to monitor the building for possible flare ups and hot spots that are common in a fire of this magnitude,” said Fire Chief Scott LaVielle.

The investigation was hindered due to the amount of debris from the partially collapsed walls and roof, and hazardous conditions on the site. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined – this remains an open fire investigation. Information about the fire may be reported to Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS.

There are no reported missing persons associated with the fire, cadaver dogs will search the fire site for human remains, out of an abundance of caution. Fire officials are working with a local search and rescue team and their specially trained dogs.

After fire officials conclude the investigation, the property owners will have access to the site and may begin work to clean up the property. There is no estimated cost of damage to the building. The property is owned by Tumwater Development LLC of Anaheim, California.

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