Huge fire destroys Troy bowling alley
May 08, 2019 06:16 PM
LANSINGBURGH - Several blocks around Alpha Lanes in Lansingburgh were still 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.
The fire chief says no one was hurt and the fire did not spread to any of the nearby buildings. However, they do have water damage.
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. When they opened the door to look inside, McMahon says they immediately triggered the 2nd alarm.
McMahon says two firefighters went missing for a few moments. Crews began looking for them, they were located and helped out of the burning building.
Everyone associated with buildings in this block have been located.
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.
There will be an investigation, but because of the damage, they're not sure how much that will reveal.
Hear more from the fire chief by watching Emily Burkhard's story.
A look at the fire at Alpha Lanes in Troy from the back of the building. pic.twitter.com/PBVOcGvaOl— Lou Graiff (@LouGraiff) May 8, 2019
Major structure fire at Alpha Lanes on 5th Avenue in our #Lansingburgh neighborhood. Troy Fire Department working to knock down flames, contain spread. Deputy Mayor Kurzejeski on scene with first responders. #TroyNY pic.twitter.com/xiI06lqiBz— Mayor Patrick Madden (@MayorMadden) May 8, 2019
3/3 Students are safe, there is no cause for alarm. We are currently working on organizing bus transportation home for all students in these schools and we will update you with specific times once we have them.— Lansingburgh Central School District (@LCSD_NY) May 8, 2019
2/3 This is due to a nearby fire that is causing a large amount of smoke in the area and the current loss of power at those three schools. We ask that parents please DO NOT come to the schools to pick-up students as this will cause mass congestion and confusion.— Lansingburgh Central School District (@LCSD_NY) May 8, 2019
1/3 PLEASE READ: Rensselaer Park Elementary, Knickerbacker Middle School and Lansingburgh High School will be dismissing early today, May 8. Turnpike Elementary will not be dismissing early and will dismiss at the normal time.— Lansingburgh Central School District (@LCSD_NY) May 8, 2019
#BREAKING Five alarm fire at Alpha Lanes on 5th Ave. in Troy. Traffic being diverted around the area. Lots of mutual aid is being called in. No word on cause/injuries yet. .@WNYT pic.twitter.com/DaTRoFUGOw— Emily Burkhard (@EBurkhardWNYT) May 8, 2019
Updated: May 08, 2019 06:16 PM
Created: May 08, 2019 10:39 AM
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