A man was apprehended by witnesses as he attempted to light furniture on fire inside of the Grand Lodge of Masons on Tremont Street near Boston Common Monday night, WCVB-TV is reporting.
Firefighters responded to the scene around 8 p.m.
Fire officials said a man, who has yet to be identified, walked into the building on Tremont Street and doused some couches with lighter fluid.
Officials said he was trying to light a lighter when security tackled him to the ground.
No injuries were reported, fire officials told WCVB.
A request for comment to a Fire Department spokesmen was not immediately returned Monday night.
Update: @BostonFire tweeted some updates about the incident Monday night:
An adult male entered the building and sprayed some type of liquid on to some furniture. He then attempted to ignite it.— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) March 18, 2014
He was detained by a security officer and placed under arrest by responding Boston Police.— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) March 18, 2014
He will be charged with attempting to burn a place of worship. Investigation ongoing by Boston Fire Investigation Unit.— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) March 18, 2014