Residents still dealing with Carlisle fire aftermath

Fire crews Thursday night were still spraying what remained of the old Lear complex in Carlisle after a massive fire that destroyed two buildings and damaged several others.

Their presence a full day after the fire broke out was a testament, residents said, to how massive the four-alarm fire actually was.

“That stuff is smoldering and it's coming this way,” said John Mixell, a Fairground Avenue resident.

Mixell is happy to have a home. Standing in front of his house, which has melted siding from the intense heat, he wore a safety mask because of the smoke still billowing up from the wreckage.

“I just had a heart attack in March,” he said. “I shouldn't be out here.”

The air quality concerned a lot of people, but it didn't stop a crowd from showing up to stare at the damage. Many people took pictures.

The fire broke out around 10 p.m. Wednesday. More than 100 firefighters responded to the scene to fight the fire. The complex is owned by Carlisle Events.

The cause is still under investigation.

Fire officials added that the air around the scene is okay to breathe. However, those in the area who have a respiratory condition were advised to stay elsewhere for the time being.

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