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Quincy Masonic temple fire ruled an accident

No sprinklers installed in 1920s building

The cause of the four-alarm fire that ravaged the historic Masonic temple in Quincy Monday has been identified as an accident by State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan’s office, officials said.

On Monday, workmen were grinding and cutting into ductwork in the basement of the Hancock Street building when sparks generated by the metal cutting ignited nearby insulation, said Jennifer Mieth, a spokeswoman for Coan.

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