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Zanesville downtown fire causes business and road closures

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ZANESVILLE – A number of businesses in downtown Zanesville must remain closed following an overnight fire that destroyed the historic Masonic Temple.

According to Muskingum County EMA Director Jeff Jadwin, Fourth Street businesses between Market Street and Main Street are included in this order.

This includes several law firms, the County Courthouse, the Legal Administration Building, and the North Valley Bank.

Fire: County braces for Masonic temple collapse

Roads in downtown Zanesville remain closed due to fire

Many downtown roads remain closed Friday morning, including the Fourth, Fifth, portions of Main and Market streets, as well as Fountain Alley and the alley between Main and Market streets.

The fire caused serious damage to the Masonic temple which will eventually lead to its demolition.

Following: Zanesville Masonic Temple fire is ‘devastating’ for small business owners

Zanesville Fire Chief Jeff Bell said the next step is figuring out how to safely bring a seven-story building to the ground.

For more on the fire, see https://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/story/news/2022/01/07/county-preparing-collapse-masonic-temple/9127403002/.

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