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Crews respond to three-alarm fire at Bowl Inn Bowling Center on Bailey Avenue

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Mar 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-30 19:29:27-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Fire Department responded to a fire at 727 Bailey Avenue, the Bowl Inn Bowling Center, around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The fire quickly became a three-alarm fire and caused the 190 North ramp to exit 2 (Clinton Street) to be closed for a period of time.

In an update around 12:30 p.m. Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo said two firefighters were injured. One with minor burns, the other fell through a grate and may have a concussion. Both were taken to the hospital to be evaluated. They were released from the hospital Tuesday evening.

Commissioner Renaldo says shortly after firefighters entered the building, they lost radio communication and called Mayday. They were pulled out of the building and re-established connection, Renaldo said.

The roof of the building collapsed and there were several large propane tanks that fell into the fire upon the roof's collapse.

There were roofers working on the roof when the fire started.

The fire caused an estimated $1.5 million in damage. The cause remains under investigation.

The owner tells 7 Eyewitness News the bowling ally was just starting to get back on its feet after nearly a year of COVID-19 shutdowns.