Huntsville Fire investigators determine cause of bowling alley blaze

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View of the blaze driving north on the Parkway. Photo credit: Tim Payment, WHNT News 19 Viewer

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After careful investigation, Huntsville Fire investigators have determined the cause of a fire that destroyed the AMF Parkway Lanes Bowling Alley on South Memorial Parkway and injured two firefighters.

Thursday Huntsville Fire Captain McKenzie said investigators concluded the most likely cause of the fire was a result of an electrical issue. He said the investigation took some time to complete, due to the extensive damage of the building.

The preliminary investigation revealed the fire likely began in the bowling alley kitchen. It quickly spread throughout the building.

After just 20 minutes of fighting the fire, McKenzie said crews realized it was too dangerous to be inside the building.

“It had gotten up in to the ceiling and due to the experience and knowledge those senior officers had they realized it was getting bad pretty quick. So they needed to get the guys out,” he said.

One firefighter sustaining 2nd degree burns; the other sustained 1st degree burns.