Monday, August 22, 2011
New Bloomfield An old downtown building housing the New Bloomfield Masonic Lodge collapsed here shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Brick rubble from the two-story building fell across the street, blocking Redwood Drive.
Members of the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons (A.F. & A.M.) Lodge No. 60 were still using the building for meetings.
Almon Churchill Pearre, a past lodge master who has been a member of the lodge for 62 years, said he was at the building about two hours before it collapsed.