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Huntsville Fire: Blaze that destroyed bowling alley likely caused by electrical issue

The bowling alley was destroyed by fire on March 7. (Source: WAFF Staff) The bowling alley was destroyed by fire on March 7. (Source: WAFF Staff)

Three weeks after a fire destroyed AMF Parkway Lanes on Memorial Parkway in Huntsville, fire investigators have released the cause of the fire.

According to fire officials, the most likely cause of the fire was a result of an electrical issue.

"It took Huntsville Investigators some time to determine the cause of the fire due to the extensive damage of the building," said fire officials.

Fire crews were called to the bowling alley around 4 a.m. on March 7, about three hours after it closed for the night, and battled the flames for several hours.

The fire quickly spread above ceiling tiles; firefighters were not able to quickly get it under control. Heavy smoke and flames forced crews to evacuate and try dousing the fire from outside.

After the building was reduced to rubble, heavy equipment was brought in to circulate it and prevent hot spots from re-igniting.

Two firefighters suffered second-degree burns while fighting this fire.

Investigators say the age of the long-time place for fun and games contributed to its quick demise.

"The nature of the materials of this building made it burn very quickly," said Huntsville Fire District Chief Scott Pettitt. "The smoke from these fires are very toxic."'

A Facebook group was created to share memories and show support for the bowling alley. You can click here to see it.

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