Early Morning Fire Destroys AMF Parkway Lanes Bowling Alley on South Memorial Parkway

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Fire crews battled a blaze at the AMF Parkway Lanes bowling alley on South Memorial Parkway in Huntsville early Saturday morning.  That’s next to the Arby’s restaurant.  The fire started around 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

Thick black smoke can be seen billowing above the Huntsville skyline.

Just looking at the images, you can see the  fire has destroyed the recreational facility.  It appears to be a total loss.

A spokesman for the Huntsville Fire Department confirms that two firefighters were injured battling the blaze.  They were inside when it happened.  One has first degree burns.   The other suffered first and second degree burns to his neck.

The department is still trying to determine exactly what happened, but, the initial belief is that they were injured in a flashover.  Officials explained a flashover can occur when gasses or other harmful materials reach ignition point and catch on fire in a bright flash, all at once. It can be very dangerous.

Another dangerous thing about this fire was the roof, which on such a large building could weaken with the heat of the flames and collapse. The fire spokesman said this was a tough fire to put out and to battle.

Crews were still on the scene nearly eight hours after first response. Huntsville Public Works crews helped them get under the collapsed steel beams to put out all the hot spots trapped in the pile of rubble.

Firefighters are still trying to determine the cause.  They tell us it's possible it started in the kitchen.

The destructive fire deals another blow to Huntsville's bowling community.   This incident and the announcement that the Plamor Lanes would close at the end of April leaves bowlers with significantly fewer options now.  WHNT News 19 reported in late January that Plamor sold to the Damson Automotive Group for the dealership to expand.