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    Historic lakeside hall burns down in Shreveport

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A half century-old banquet hall, built of
    wood on the shores of Cross Lake, has been destroyed by fire.
    "After 50 years being there, when it all goes up overnight, it
    is a great loss," said Louis Cordaro of Shreveport, president and
    manager of the Progressive Men's Club.
    The hall, which caught fire on Saturday and burned for hours,
    had been used for numerous private and community social events,
    including proms and wedding receptions.
    The club that built it has been around since 1906, when it was
    founded by Sicilian immigrants as the Italia Moderna Society. The
    grouped changed its name in 1943 to distance itself from the Axis
    Powers during World War II.
    Cordaro said the building is a complete loss and that
    authorities were unsure what caused the blaze.
    According to building diagrams, the blaze appears to have
    originated in the kitchen area, Crawford said. The cause remained
    under investigation Sunday.
    The building burned quickly, with flames bright enough to be
    seen from across the lake, Shreveport Fire Department spokesman
    Brian Crawford said.
    More than a dozen units were at the scene before the blaze was
    under control.
    Cordaro said he hopes the hall will be rebuilt but does not know
    if that will happen.


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