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A Troy bowling alley, Alpha Lanes, fell victim Wednesday to what was perhaps the worst fire in the Capital Region this year.
Firefighters from across the region spent the day putting out the devastating flames, which also included hosing down the remaining hot spots on Fifth Avenue.
Alpha Lanes owner Joe Scaccia stood watch as his life’s work came to a halt. The historic bowling alley opened in 1937.
“My whole family, the Boys Club, the high schools, my whole family was brought up in there,” Scaccia said.
While the flames blew high, just before 10 a.m., Troy Fire Chief Eric McMahon says two of his members went missing.
“To say it was tense during those several minutes would be an understatement,” McMahon says.
Those two firefighters were located and unharmed, as well, neighboring businesses — including a furniture and hardware store — also escaped major damage.
That did not include Alpha Lanes. Their iconic bowling pin sign was crushed underneath the rubble.
“Take a look at the size and the magnitude of the fire. We ran out of manpower almost immediately,” McMahon said.
But with help from first responders from Watervliet, Green Island, Cohoes, Troy, and Albany, no one was harmed.
“It’s a testament to good luck and God’s will,” McMahon said.
And perhaps with that same luck and will, Scaccia’s life’s work will come full circle.
“If I can get enough money, maybe we’ll rebuild a few lanes or a recreation center, or something like that,” Scaccia said.
The first responding units to the Lansingburgh area found heavy smoke from second-floor windows and the roof of the building, and conditions deteriorated quickly, McMahon said.
“We would like to thank the community for their support! Thank you to the Troy Fire Department for doing their best! Everybody is safe and no one was hurt! This is a tragic event for the community and the Scaccia family,” the post read.