Drivers stopped and took pictures of what was left of Scott’s Antique Mall on South 10th Street in Cambridge on Sunday. Other drivers pulled over and got out to get a closer look at the damage.
“I think it's sad,” Shawn Farrigan, who visited the scene with her daughter, said.
Around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a massive blaze took over the antique mall and destroyed the 105-room building.
It housed thousands of knick knacks and collectibles, along with memorabilia from Hopalong Cassidy, a local museum honoring actor William Boyd.
“Of course it's a big loss to everybody,” said Donald Davis, who lives across the street from the mall and saw the fire. “Everybody used to come around and see the stuff.”
Firefighters were able to save all of the Hopalong items, and no one was injured.
However, the remainder of the historic building was destroyed. The mall was initially a hospital built in 1912.
“My husband, years ago, was born in this building,” Farrigan said.
Dave Scott told 10TV he owns the brick structure. He says he spent months trying to sell the building but couldn’t. So, he’d planned to re-open the business on Tuesday.
“Hopefully, they'll be able to either rebuild or move somewhere,” Farrigan said.
Scott told 10TV he doesn't yet have a response plan in place.