It took a pretty big chaser of water to extinguish a fire at Boise's Woodland Empire Ale House Monday afternoon.
Boise firefighters were called to the scene just before 1 p.m. on Feb. 2, when fire swept through the old building at 1114 W. Front St. Investigators said the fire had started in a so-called "clockloft"—a structural space between the ceiling and roof in older buildings. Two ladder companies attacked the fire from the roof while engine companies went after the flames from below.
"Fire can spread through these spaces very quickly, which is why we're so aggressive in getting the area opened up and getting crews around it," said Boise Fire Battalion Chief Aaron Hummel.
Firefighters said employees of the alehouse tried to contain the fire with a hose, which may have helped keep the blaze from spreading even faster.
Witnesses said that the fire appeared to come from a section of the roof's "clockloft" that was right above the alehouse's boiler.
Employees said they still expected their tasting room to be open Monday night and that the fire hadn't effected any of the beer in the alehouse tanks. They expect to get brewing again next week. Plumbers who had been working on some piping first noticed the fire and called 911.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.