Arson: Investigators say Historic Cleveland Landmark Fire was Intentionally Set

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Investigators put up "Arson" signs Thursday as crews began demolishing what's left of the old Masonic Temple on E. 55th.

A raging, three-alarm fire gutted the historic building on Cleveland's Eastside Wednesday night.

"Last night it was more of a shock, today it's a sadder occasion to realize its actually coming down," said Eric Warren, Prince Hall Mason.

As many as eight engines were dispatched to The Prince Hall Masonic Temple to help get the fire under control.

Although no official cause has been determined at this time, the blaze has been deemed suspicious.

The building has been abandoned since 2004, but the masons say there were a lot of things that were important to them still inside the historic building.

"When you go inside," said Masonic Temple leader William Walker. "There's a lot of history that belongs to us that's gone up in flames."

Working toward a remodel of the historic space, now they'll have to move elsewhere.

"We were trying to revitalize the building and things of that nature, searching for grants because this the birth rite for a lot of us and this is definitely a huge loss," Walker added.

Luckily, no one was hurt in the fire.

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