Four-Alarm Fire Guts Historic Quincy (MA) Temple

A four-alarm fire gutted the historic Masonic temple in Quincy (MA), starting in the basement of the 87-year-old structure and burning for hours before it was doused by fire crews from Quincy, Randolph and Boston, reports The Boston Globe.

Quincy Police Captain John Keenan said workers were doing renovations in the basement when a grinding tool caused a spark. The workers attempted to extinguish the fire but were unsuccessful, he said.

No one was reported injured, authorities said.

As the fire grew, firefighters were forced to evacuate the structure for safety reasons and attacked the fire from only the outside, pouring streams of water on it from hoses on aerial ladders. Shortly afterwards, the roof of the building collapsed, officials said.

The Quincy Masonic Building, was built in 1926 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

The building is in the city’s downtown business district. Many nearby workers and business owners became eyewitnesses to a major fire.
Jacobs said he couldn’t count the number of firefighters who had responded.

“[Firefighters] are on the roof, and some went through the front door with a couple hoses,” Jacobs said. “There are firemen everywhere.”

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