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Historic Zanesville Masonic Temple destroyed by fire

The fire started around 11:45 p.m. Thursday. It led to several buildings losing power, including the Muskingum County Jail and Courthouse.

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The Zanesville Masonic Temple was destroyed in a fire late Thursday night.

The fire started just after 11 p.m. at 36-42 N. Fourth Street in downtown Zanesville, according to Zanesville Fire Chief Jeff Bell.

Multiple businesses in the area, including the Muskingum County Jail, were affected by the fire.

When fire crews arrived at the scene, they found a man dangling out of a third-story window. He told firefighters he was trapped and had animals, Bell said. 

Crews were able to rescue both the man and several animals. Bell said at this time, they are not sure if more animals were inside. 

Although crews were working to fight the fire, it continued to spread, and the roof eventually collapsed.

The building was used by the community and housed artist studios, businesses and organizations. The building is about 120 years old.

Chief Bell said officials are now concerned the building could completely collapse. If the building does not collapse on its own, officials will have to take it down.

The fire caused several buildings to lose power, including the Muskingum County Jail and Courthouse.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said all the inmates and employees at the jail were safely evacuated. Inmates were moved to the courthouse. No other evacuations occurred.

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