Fire at San Bernardino bowling alley ‘suspicious’ (updated)

A fire burned at a San Bernardino bowling alley Tuesday.
A fire burned at a San Bernardino bowling alley Tuesday.
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A vacant San Bernardino bowling alley was consumed by smoke and flames Tuesday as about 80 firefighters fought a five alarm fire that threatened nearby structures, NBC4 reported.

At 11:38 a.m. calls came in to San Bernardino Fire Department reporting smoke at an abandoned bowling alley at the 1500 block of Highland Avenue, San Bernardino Fire Department spokesman Tom Rubio told KPCC.

The roof collapsed but no firefighters were inside when that occurred.

The fire at the 20,000 square foot structure is currently 100 percent contained to the building and is being treated as suspicious, said Rubio, who noted that an arson investigation will take place.

Traffic is being diverted to Cajon in the North, 21st in the South, Mt. Vernon in East, and Medical Center Drive in West. Traffic diversions can be expected for several hours.

The fire department is not sure whether or not anyone was inside the building when the fire broke out but that will be the first priority when firefighters are able to get in the building, said Rubio. 

With contributions from KPCC's Katherine Davis.