For over a century the Mason County courthouse stood as a landmark in the center of town. The tower, with its 150-year-old clock, ticked the hours away.

Late Thursday night, the clock stopped. A blaze ripped through the historical building as distraught residents watched first responders battle the fire. By 1 a.m., the fire was under control, according to the

Read more from Alana Edgin with San Angelo Standard-Times here.