Tuesday, December 31, 2013
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — More than 100 firefighters have contained a suspicious fire that gutted a vacant Southern California bowling alley and sent pillars of smoke and flame into the sky.
The five-alarm blaze erupted shortly after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in San Bernardino.
City fire spokesman Tom Rubio says 120 firefighters battled the blaze in the boarded-up, 20,000-square foot building.
He says the fire sent 50-foot flames through the roof, most of which collapsed. The intense heat forced fire crews to battle the flames from outside on ladders and with hoses on the ground.
At its peak, the building was a sea of flame and massive pillars of black and white smoke boiled into the sky.
It took about an hour to contain the blaze.
Authorities say the fire is considered suspicious.