QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a fire at the historic 1920s Masonic Temple building in downtown Quincy.
Traffic was diverted as smoke poured from the Hancock Street building’s roof on Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported.
Fire Chief Joseph Barron said the four-alarm fire was partly contained at about 2 p.m. He said firefighters were ordered out of the building shortly after arriving because of heavy smoke.
Leo Martin, a Quincy real estate developer who recently agreed to purchase the building, tells the Patriot Ledger the fire started when two of his employees were “grinding out a heat line” in the basement and insulation caught fire.
The newspaper reports the neoclassical building is valued by city assessors at $3 million.
It was built in 1926 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
Information from: The (Quincy, Mass.) Patriot Ledger, http://www.patriotledger.com