MASONTOWN (KDKA) – A local community suffered a big blow on Christmas Eve as a popular bowling alley went up in flames.

Fire departments couldn’t save the Klondike Bowling Lanes on McClellandtown Road in Masontown.

Thick black smoke was billowing from the bowling alley around 12:30 p.m.

Witnesses reported seeing smoke, then seeing flames shooting out of the roof of the building. A short time later, the roof collapsed.

The bowling lanes have been in the community for decades. KDKA’s Trina Orlando was told that the building had been there since the 1800s.

“I just can’t believe what happened today. It’s a great loss to my family and I’ve been here since I was 6-years-old,” Owner Joe Pascia said. “I kept it in the family, and it’s something I can’t describe. I’m empty inside. I’ve lost – all these firemen, everyone bowled here. It was the center of the community and I kept it that way, and I’m just lost for words.”

All indications are that the building and the business are a complete loss. The fire marshal has been called in to look for a cause to that fire.

However, there are no reports of any injuries.

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