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A popular bowling alley in Burnt Hills is no longer standing after a fire ripped through it early this morning. Barry Wygel has the story.

BURNT HILLS, N.Y. -- "It's just sad. One of the good businesses left in Burnt Hills. Gone. Just look at it," said resident Ellen Gregory.

Just 30 minutes after employees locked up and left for the night, the call came.

"Fully involved on arrival. Took several ladder trucks, five companies on the scene," said Burnt Hills Fire Department Chief Steve Peterson.

Firefighters spent most of the early Sunday morning battling the massive fire. Fortunately, crews were able to contain the fire to the one building.

"Flames were about 30 to 40 feet up in the air, firemen were yelling, it was a pretty wild scene," said resident Michael Bennett.

Burnt Hills Lanes has been a staple in the community, one that neighbors tell us was visited by everyone here at one time or another.

"It's full every night, it does have leagues. The kids from Burnt Hills go here during gym class. It's just sad," one neighbor said.

"It's really sad that the business is gone, because it was such a good business, it was so fun to bowl there. It's really sad," another resident said.

It's unclear at this time if the owners of the bowling alley have plans to rebuild, but that's exactly what everyone we spoke with hopes to see happen.

Fire investigators have begun looking for a cause, concentrating in an area we are told is the kitchen, but so far no cause has been determined.

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