Fire damages historic 4 Mile Brewing Co.

42 firefighters from the View Royal, Esquimalt, Colwood and Langford fire departments help put out a fire at the historic 4 Mile Brewing Co. on Tuesday. Facebook photo

Victoria’s 4 Mile Brewing Co. is closed until further notice after a fire damaged the historic 161-year-old building it calls home.

According to the Victoria Times Colonist, firefighters in the Victoria suburb of View Royal were called just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. It took close to an hour to locate and control the fire, with firefighters cutting through the walls and floors to expose the blaze.

The Langford and Esquimalt fire departments were brought in to assist, with a total of 42 firefighters involved.

No cause has been released, but it appears the fire had been burning for some time before staff noticed the smell of smoke. The origin of the fire has been traced to a particular room.

“On behalf of the entire 4 Mile family we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the fire crews from View Royal, Esquimalt, Colwood and Langford,” the brewery posted on it Facebook page on Wednesday. “Thanks to their quick response and hard work 4 Mile is still standing and everyone is safe. We hope to find out more about the damage and repairs needed this afternoon. We will post an update once we have more information.”

The brewery added that “no beer was in danger of spoiling,” thankfully.

4 Mile Brewing won gold at the B.C. Beer Awards in Vancouver just last weekend for its Hazy Citra Pale Ale in the North American Pale Ale category.

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