Old Masonic Lodge building fire under control
The fire at the Old Masonic Lodge building in downtown Texarkana is under control.
The building is at the corner of West Seventh and Olive streets with an address of 217 W. Seventh St.
Employees of East Funeral Home said it has been vacant about 10 to 15 years with the exception of some homeless individuals occupying the building from time to time.
Initial reports are the blaze started on the top floor.
The Masons occupied the building about 25 to 30 years ago, according to reports.
Firefighters were dispatched about 12:30 p.m.