Fire destroys popular Des Moines bowling alley

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Fire has destroyed a popular Des Moines bowling alley that dates to the 1950s.

Fire destroyed the Plaza Lanes bowling alley in Des Moines on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (Courtesy: Des Moines Fire Department)

A fire department spokesman says firefighters were called to Plaza Lanes just after 5 a.m. Monday after a passerby reported smoke and small flames.

Firefighters opened up the roof in an effort to douse the flames but the fire moved quickly through the structure, with the roof collapsing about a half hour later.

Fire crews remained at the building for hours.

In a message on the business website, the owners promised to rebuild the bowling alley.

Plaza Lanes opened in November 1957.