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TUMWATER — Custer Way Southwest, a major access road to Interstate 5 and U.S. Highway 101, is now open between Capitol Boulevard and 2nd Avenue Southwest after a former Olympia Brewery fire closed both roads Monday.

Boston Street is also open, City of Tumwater officials said.

Tumwater Fire Department investigators are working at the fire scene so motorists should drive cautiously along Custer Way and Boston Street, officials said.

Tumwater Fire Department extinguished the fire at the former brewery’s office complex on the south side of Custer Way Monday, October 8, 2018. The initial call was received from a passer-by who reported smoke coming from one of the buildings, Assistant Chief Jim McGarva said.

“At this time, there is no estimated cost of damage to the building, and no reported injuries,” City of Tumwater Spokesperson Ann Cook said. “The cause of the fire has not been determined – this remains an open fire investigation.”

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

The fire damaged about 35,000 square feet of an 85,000-square-foot building that was previously the main office of the former brewery. The building has been vacant since 2003, when the brewery closed.

City building officials and fire investigators conducted a structural assessment of the building Monday 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.

More than 80 firefighters from five area departments assisted Tumwater Fire Department, including Olympia Fire Department, Lacey Fire District 3, McLane Black Lake Fire Department, East Olympia Fire Department and West Thurston Regional Fire departments.

The state Department of Ecology Spill Response team assisted Tumwater Fire, providing air quality monitoring and water sampling and reporting water quality as good, and air quality readings near the active fire as moderate.

Fire Department crews were on the scene throughout Monday night to extinguish hot spots.

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