Downtown still smelling smokey

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Two days later and smoke is still rising into the air above and right about nose level, in downtown Tyler.

As you can imagine, it is leaving an unpleasant smokey odor lingering in the air. And many folks were complaining about it.

"You can smell it in our building today," said Kasey Quezada, a U.S. Courthouse Employee. "Yesterday, you couldn't really smell it, but in the probation department today you can."

"That's just how is like this that's collapsed. That's just how it is. You just have to kind of babysit it," said Captain Jeff Aiken with the Tyler Fire Department.

Tyler firefighters say the debris created by the collapsed roof is what is keeping the fire hot and still smoking.