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Huge Fire Destroys Troy, New York Bowling Alley

Here’s what left of Alpha Lanes in Troy, after fire destroyed the building.
Lou Graiff / WNYTNortel Fire
A large fire Wednesday morning consumed the Alpha Lanes bowling alley and shuttered schools in the area as firefighters worked to get it out.
The fire at Alpha Lanes on Fifth Avenue destroyed the historic bowling alley, collapsing parts of the structure and dropping the iconic Alpha sign to the ground as flames continued to take the building.
There were no injuries in the fire, Troy Fire Chief Eric McMahon told Gazette news gathering partner CBS6.
Loss of beloved bowling alley sparks fond memories for Troy residents
Several blocks around Alpha Lanes in Lansingburgh, NY were shut down late Wednesday afternoon, while firefighters work to determine what caused a fire that reduced the Troy bowling alley to ashes.
There were tense moments for fire crews, when two firefighters were reported missing before they escaped from the burning building.
Troy Fire Chief Eric McMahon says a passerby called in the fire just before 10 a.m.

When crews arrived, they saw flames and smoke coming from the 2nd floor roof.

Several blocks around Alpha Lanes will be shut down until the building is demolished.
Chief McMahon says the fire was already out of control by the time they arrived on scene — and the lacquered wood on the floor of the bowling alley certainly didn’t slow things down.

May 08, 2019 06:20 PM
LANSINGBURGH – Alpha Lanes on Fifth Avenue was a landmark in the community. To many people, it was much more than just a bowling alley.
A lot of family memories have been made there. The bowling alley has been there since the 1920s and owned by the same family since the 1960s.
They just had their end of league dinner – and were about to start their summer league.
People came from all around to see the fire. Some people said they were losing a part of their history.
Some couldn’t talk about the bowling alley without tears.
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