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Man charged with attempting to burn Masonic temple

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BOSTON (WHDH) - A 31-year-old man has been arraigned after he allegedly attempted to burn down the Grand Lodge of Masons on Tremont Street in Boston.

Video appears to show Kevin Jones enter the building just before 8 p.m. and begin pouring fluid on couches and other furniture.

After that he allegedly attempted to ignite the fluid but was stopped by a security guard. That guard was able to detain Jones until police arrived and placed him under arrest.

"Our security guard came outside of the booth and tackled him and brought him down on the floor while another individual called 911," Robert Jolly, Deputy Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, said.

No one inside was hurt. A meeting was taking place and most people were unaware of what happened until they came down to the lobby.

“In today’s society you just don’t know what’s going to happen. I think it’s just part of the nature of being in the city, in downtown Boston. It’s not something we see all the time and not something we want to see again, but it’s one of those situations where we have plans, we have preparation, we have security personnel on the scene. If something like this occurs, fortunately the plans we have in place worked,” Jolly said.

Police spent several hours collecting evidence, including surveillance video of the incident.

Jones was charged with attempting to burn a building and his bail was set at $5,000. He was also taken to Bridgewater State Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

The building as it currently sits is the third Masonic lodge at the location, the first two were destroyed by fire.
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