A two-alarm fire closed the first two blocks of South Hanover Street in Carlisle for almost two hours Wednesday afternoon.

Crews were dispatched to the scene in the first block of South Hanover Street at about 1:45 p.m., and cleared the scene around 3 p.m.

Witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from a third floor window before firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.

Units from Union, Carlisle Fire & Rescue Services, North Middleton, Citizens-Mt. Holly, Newville and Shermans Dale responded to the scene, as did Cumberland Goodwill EMS.

Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

Traffic is backed up around Carlisle as emergency crews respond to a second-alarm fire in the first block of South Hanover Street.

Reports from the scene indicate there is only smoke in the area, but fire crews have blocked off the scene, causing traffic delays around the rest of the downtown area.

According to Reporter Tammie Gitt, cross traffic is being allowed across Pomfret Street, but Hanover is closed to South Street.

Check back to Cumberlink.com as more information becomes available.

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