On most Friday nights, the Sons of Italy Hall just south of downtown Omaha would be open, its members serving sandwiches and pasta, with people eating and chatting with old friends from the neighborhood.

But that wasn’t the case this Friday night. And it is not clear when that will happen again.

A two-alarm fire Friday afternoon damaged the hall, a former carriage house on 10th Street in Omaha’s Little Italy neighborhood.

No one was injured, but the blaze caused $250,000 in damage to the structure and its contents, the fire department said. Other details remained scant Friday evening.

The second alarm was called because the initial firefighters on the scene could not locate the source of the fire, said acting Battalion Chief Steve Thornburg.

A fire alarm was reported at 2:25, and a second alarm was called at 2:34 p.m. The blaze in the building that dates to 1905 was under control at 3 p.m.

As firefighters cleaned up after bringing the blaze under control, longtime Sons members Rose DiMauro, 86, and Margaret Mary Novak, 80, watched from across the street.

“This can’t happen. I want to go in the corner and cry,” DiMauro said. “That was a second home for me.”

Charles “Butch” Turco, former president of the Sons’ state lodge, was at the scene Friday night.

“I was out having lunch and a guy walked up and said, ‘Butch, Sons of Italy is on fire,’ ” he said. “As you can see I’m going to cry.”

The Sons are a fraternal order that, among other things, raises money for the needy. Its history in Omaha dates to the 1920s.

Many in Omaha associate the group with its popular Thursday pasta luncheons, which draw people from across the city.

“When things settle down, we hope to be back in business,” said George Grillo, vice president of the Sons’ state lodge. “Hopefully it will all come together and be back to normal.”

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