CHICAGO (CBS) — A huge blaze destroyed a 97-year-old bowling alley in the Lincoln Square neighborhood overnight.
The fire started around 1 a.m. at Lincoln Square Lanes, 4874 N. Lincoln Av. and while the Fire Department said it was put out by 4:15 a.m., crews remained on the scene dousing hot spots as of 6:30 a.m. The building also housed Matty K’s Hardware on the first floor.
Dave Drehobl said it means a lot to him that Lincoln Square Lanes was as old as it was. He and his brothers and cousins bought it from his father three years ago, and put a lot of money into renovating the bowling alley. The Drehobl family has owned Lincoln Square Lanes for the past 30 years, but Dave Drehobl said he doesn’t know what will happen next.
“All the important stuff is that the nostalgic, and the memories. You could rebuild it, but it’s not going to be the same place,” he said.
Drehobl said the bowling alley closed at midnight Sunday night, and the last employee left 10 minutes later. The Fire Department got the call about the fire less than 45 minutes later.