Thursday, July 7, 2011

Commercial Stucture Fire at former Heidelberg Brewery Building

Incident Date: 7/6/11
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 21st and "C" Street
Incident Type: Commercial Structure Fire

Narrative:  At 11:48 p.m. nine companies of Tacoma Firefighters (5 Engines, 2 Ladders, 2 Medic Companies and command staff) responded to a reported roof fire in a commercial building.  First arriving companies found a well established fire on the roof and upper floor area of a portion of the Columbia-Heidelberg brewery complex. The fire was upgraded to a second alarm at 12:22 a.m. (3 additional engines and 2 ladders) - securing more resources to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjacent buildings. 

Due to the size of the structure, the response was divided into two tactical operation zones and two ladder company aerial master streams were deployed to attack the fire from above.  Using a well coordinated "defensive strategy" the fire was extinguished and contained to the area of origin (the eighty-five thousand square foot turn of the century building is vacant and currently being demolished)

Fire crews also made considerable salvage efforts to help preserve the inventory of the Pierce County Toys for Tots program being stored in the warehouse building exposed to the fire.

There were no injuries to report and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

UPDATE:  Fire investigators have concluded that the area of origin of the fire was in a room on the top floor of the building, but are undetermined as to it's cause.  There are no obvious signs that the fire was deliberately set or is suspicious in nature.