At 1:56 am, Tumwater Fire Engine T-2 was dispatched for a smoke investigation at the Olympia Brewery, 100 Custer Way SW. According to scanner traffic, a passerby reported heavy gray and white smoke coming from the area of the brewery with no flames seen.
Upon arrival of the first engine, they requested an upgrade for an active commercial structure fire. 6 more engines and a ladder truck were dispatched to the fire.
At 2:12 am, an upgrade for a third-alarm fire was dispatched. This brought mutual aid from all across the county to the scene of the fire, and firefighters quickly moved to defensive, non-interior firefighting operations.
Fire departments that responded to the scene included Tumwater Fire, Olympia Fire, Lacey Fire Dist. 3, East Olympia Fire Dist. 6, McLane-Black Lake Fire Dist. 9, South Bay Fire Dist. 8, West Thurston Fire Dist. 1, and Griffin Fire Dist. 13.
At approximately 2:50 am, our first admin-reporter arrived on scene after reporting he could see the fire from his home on Tumwater Hill. Several other volunteer admin-reporters responded as well. If you are interested in becoming one of our crew, please look for the job application on our Facebook page.
The blaze has been substantially knocked down, but firefighting operations are still taking place as of 9:00 am. Custer Way is shut down from Capitol Blvd to 2nd Avenue and Boston Street is shut down as well.