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BOISE -- Boise firefighters have extinguished a fire that damaged part of a brewhouse in downtown Boise this afternoon.

Fire crew were called to Woodland Empire Ale Craft at 1114 West Front Street just before 1 p.m.

When they got on scene the fire was burning in what is called the cockloft, the space above the ceiling and below the roof that is found in some older buildings.

Two ladder companies attacked the fire by going on the roof of the building, while engine companies attacked the fire from below. Idaho Power cut electricity to the building so firefighters could safely access the roof.

Voids in these older buildings can create challenges, said Boise Fire Battalion Chief Aaron Hummel. 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.

Hummel say the brewhouse owners were able to slow the spread of the fire by using a hose before firefighters got on scene. The brewery opened for business two weeks ago.

The fire left a big hole in the roof and ceiling. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Two lanes of traffic along Front Street were blocked for more than two-and-a-half hours. The road is open again.

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