NEWwbztv-small wbz-am-small 985-small mytv38web2
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's Press Conference: 3pm
Watch LIVE on WBZ-TV | Listen LIVE on 98.5 The Sports Hub | Live Blog

Local

Fire Destroys Historic Masonic Temple In Quincy

By Bill Shields, WBZ-TV
View Comments
WBZ-TV's Bill Shields Bill Shields
Bill Shields is a general assignment reporter for WBZ-TV News. He...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Features

 

 

QUINCY (CBS) — A raging fire has destroyed an iconic Quincy landmark.

The Masonic Temple on Hancock street is now just a shell, after flames tore through the building Monday. Firefighters tried to get inside to douse the flames, but were driven back.

Crews battle a fire at the Masonic Temple in Quincy. (Credit: WBZ-TV's Joe Giza)

Crews battle a fire at the Masonic Temple in Quincy. (Credit: WBZ-TV’s Joe Giza)

“It’s really sad,” said Jim Bennette, a local Mason, “because this building meant so much to so many people and not just because of the art-deco architecture. At its peak, it was home to 4,000 masons.”

Howard Jacobs owns a jewelry store in the neighborhood.

He said the fire started around noon and there was ash in the air once the roof became fully engulfed.

Jacobs told WBZ-TV the temple is not always open, but he did see people there this past weekend.

According to WBZ’s Bill Shields, there are about 400 active members of the temple.

Built in 1926, the 21,653 square foot building is on the National Register of Historic Places and considered a fine example of a 20th century Classic Revival public building.

The Patriot Ledger reports the building was put on the market for $3 million in July and bought by a Quincy realtor.

It is believed the fire started as workers repaired a heat line in the basement.

“We think the fire started down there, and they tried to put it out. There was a delay in calling the fire department,” said Quincy Chief Joe Barron.

MBTA bus routes downtown Quincy were diverted away from the fire scene before Hancock Street reopened Monday evening.

No injuries were reported.

MORE FROM CBS BOSTON

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,026 other followers