A MASSIVE blaze engulfed the Masonic Temple in Zanesville, Ohio, on Thursday night.

The historic building, the tallest in the Ohio city, is home to many art studios.

The Zanesville Times Recorder confirmed that the fire department was on the scene of the blaze at 36-42 N. Fourth Street.

The building is next to Muskingum County Jail and Court House, but authorities said all inmates and employees were safely evacuated.

The fire reportedly caused several nearby buildings to lose power.

The cause of the blaze is currently unknown.

Shocking footage posted to social media shows the building completely engulfed in flames as fire crews attempt to control the blaze.

Twitter users were quick to comment on the tragedy of the historic building going up in flames.

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"The Masonic Temple in Zanesville is in flames at the moment," one wrote.

"This building is so important to arts in my hometown.

"Thinking of the artists whose studios and work is ablaze currently."

The seven-story building is home to several local businesses, art studios, professional offices, and Masonic organizations.

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