NEWARK — It is expected to be business as usual despite a fire at Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes late Monday afternoon, Sept. 30.
Newark firefighters were called to the bowling alley at the intersection of West Miller and Finch streets around 5:24 p.m. after 911 dispatchers received multiple calls of a fire on the roof, Newark Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Dick Colacino said. Witnesses at the scene said they could see smoke and flames coming from the building’s roof. Chief Dave Greco was first on scene at the fire and was soon joined by 30 firefighters, with the first truck arriving on scene within 6 minutes of the call, Colacino said.
The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen hood ductwork, igniting the roof, Greco said. Fast work by firefighters kept the fire from spreading beyond the area above the restaurant inside the bowling alley, he said.
No one was injured in the fire, and the business should be able to remain open, Greco added. The kitchen area will have to be inspected by the state Department of Health before it can reopen.
The Newark Police Department, Newark/Arcadia Ambulance and Newark Code Enforcement Officer David Carr also responded to the scene.
Later that evening, firefighters were called out again for a Dumpster fire behind 1114 S. Main St. where a new dialysis center is to be located after renovations are complete. Greco said firefghters doused the flames quickly, but the building sustained some minor damage due to the proximity of the Dumpster to the building.
There were no injuries, and the fire is being investigated.