Crews expecting to fight fire at abandoned Lacey mushroom farm for days

The heat column from the fire could be seen for miles around. The smoke has delayed a parent’s evening at Nisqually High School.

LACEY, Wash. – Lacey firefighters are expected to battle the blaze at the abandoned Ostrom mushroom growing site for days to come.

SkyKING video shows the roof of the facility partially collapsed and smoke can be seen coming from inside the building.

Lacey 3 Fire District said the fire’s heat column could be seen miles away.

Teams arrived at the building at 8322 Steilacoom Road around 4 p.m. Wednesday to investigate the smoke. The fire department sounded the alarm a second time shortly after, and six different agencies responded.

The building has been abandoned for many years. Lacey Fire Brigade said they had responded to the building before because of encroachers.

A night for parents of sixth-graders at nearby Nisqually Middle School was canceled due to smoke billowing from the fire.

The fire department said there was “a significant amount of fire.” People are asked to avoid this area.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

This is an evolving story. Check back for updates.

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Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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