Fire crews from the area remained on the scene of the Masonic Building in downtown Dunkirk this morning as the investigation phase of the horrific blaze begins.
A meeting has been planned by city officials in City Hall at 10 a.m. to begin to assess what the next steps to take will be. Some city officials have indicated "the building will come down."
One Liberty Square also received a great amount of damage, especially in the back.
The Masonic building on Central Avenue was burned beyond saving yesterday.
"It's a sad day in the city," Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey said on WDOE-AM this morning.
Frey also indicated that plenty of sharing of services is taking place. Besides the fire departments, Fredonia is now sharing water with the city.
Central Avenue continues to be closed as police were keeping onlookers away from the scene.
Businesses across the street from the building are closed as well as the nearby office buildings.
Chautauqua County workers are at Jamestown Community College.
Fire crews were called to the scene around 5 p.m. Wednesday. The blaze was in full effect around 6:45 p.m.