The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 21, 2000


Two alarm fire damages Old East Street structure

A two-alarm fire in a detached garage and upstairs apartment unit on Old East Street last Friday morning was under control by the time mutual aid crews from Concord and Chelmsford arrived according to Carlisle Fire Department Captain Jonathan White.

Ron Holsinger, owner of the building commented, "Those guys really faced a dangerous situation." Despite the freezing temperatures that morning, the heat in the upstairs unit where the fire started was estimated at about 600 degrees by Deputy Chief David Flannery. The TV "was melted into a blob," according to Holsinger, and the contents of the room were completely destroyed. However, the quick response resulted in minimal structural damage and the Holsingers plan to restore the building, which was built in 1997.

Son spots smoke

Holsinger's son (also Ron) and a friend spotted the smoke as they were leaving the house that Friday morning shortly after 10. After calling the fire department, they removed the cars and everything with gasoline from the garage. Coincidentally, young Holsinger had just signed up as a volunteer fireman and expects to attend his first meeting this week.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation and no damage estimate has been released. Mr. Holsinger feels they were lucky because the fire was extinguished so quickly. "Those Carlisle fellows," he said, "really did an outstanding job in saving the structure."

All of the equipment was back in the station by about noon and White also credited his crew with "an outstanding job in knocking down the fire."

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito