UPDATE 10/8/19 AT 6 P.M.

Officials in Aurora say the large abandoned Masonic Temple that burned Monday night and Tuesday morning on the city's east side will soon be demolished.

Meanwhile, the cause of a catastrophic fire remains under investigation.

Fire crews cleared the scene on Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Benton Street.

Just before 10:00 p.m. on Monday night, officials say a 911 call came in from a bystander who saw smoke and embers coming from the temple.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the large five-story vacant structure with heavy smoke showing.

A total of 36 firefighters were brought to the scene to battle the blaze. Officials say due to the building being vacant and with heavy fire conditions upon arrival, firefighters attacked the fire from a defensive exterior position keeping it contained to the building of origin.

While fighting the fire, there were partial collapses of two exterior walls.

John Curley, Chief Development Services Officer for the city, says safety is the city's key concern.

How that fire started is still not clear.

Aurora Deputy Police Chief Keefe Jackson says police were made aware that there was someone in the building, prior to the fire.

Jackson says at this time, there is no indication of suspicious circumstances. Fire officials also added that there was no weather event that is suspected to be the cause and that a fire investigation will need to take place for a better determination.

The 50,000 sq. ft. temple was built in 1922 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Around 10 years ago, the city forced a closure of the building for safety violations. It's most recent use was as a banquet facility.

There were no reported injuries to firefighters or civilians.

UPDATE: 

The cause of a catastrophic fire at the abandoned Masonic Temple on Aurora's east side remains under investigation.

Fire crews were still on scene, as of late Tuesday morning. City of Aurora officials said that as of 7:30 a.m.,the Aurora Fire Department had extinguished the fire at the temple at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Benton Street on the city's east side.

Crews continued to extinguish hot spots and closed roads around the area have not been announced as being re-opened.

Just before 10:00 p.m. on Monday night, officials say a 911 call came in from a bystander who saw smoke and embers coming from the temple.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the large five-story vacant structure with heavy smoke showing.

A total of 36 firefighters were brought to the scene to battle the blaze. Officials say due to the building being vacant and with heavy fire conditions upon arrival, firefighters attacked the fire from a defensive exterior position keeping it contained to the building of origin.

In a post to the city's website, Aurora Fire Chief Gary Krienitz spoke about the major challenge firefighters faced overnight in battling the fire.

While fighting the fire, there were partial collapses of two exterior walls.

Commonwealth Edison reports that as of Noon only about 12 people in the area remain without power in that area.

The 50,000 sq. ft. temple was built in 1922 and at is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Around 10 years ago, the city forced a closure of the building for safety violations. It's most recent use was as a banquet facility.

There have been no reported injuries to firefighters or civilians. City and fire officials will be holding a press briefing later Tuesday to further address the fire.

ORIGINAL STORY:

City of Aurora officials say that as of 7:30 a.m.,the Aurora Fire Department has extinguished the catastrophic fire at the historic Masonic Temple at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Benton Street on the city's east side.

Hot spots are still very active on that scene and officials say the site remains dangerous. Residents are asked to avoid the area and several streets remain closed.

Aurora Fire plan to release more information on the fire later today.

Officials have so far said that part of the building collapsed onto power lines. Commonwealth Edison reports that there about 345 people without power in that area of Aurora, though, a cause has not been officially listed. There has been no report of injuries.

In a post to the city's website, Aurora Fire Chief Gary Krienitz spoke about the major challenge firefighters faced overnight in battling the fire.

Crews arrived on scene around 10:00 p.m. where fire was found. The 50,000 sq. ft. temple was built in 1922 and at is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Around 10 years ago, the city forced a closure of the building for safety violations. It's most recent use was as a banquet facility.

WSPY will bring you more information on the fire as more information is released.

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