Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A Sunday morning fire caused extensive smoke and heat damage to Pinsters Bowl in Zion, but apparently burned out before firefighters responded, Winthrop Harbor Deputy Chief Bill Beetschen said.

The fire spread throughout the first floor of the bowling alley at 1646 Sheridan Road, but appeared to run out of flammable material and stop burning even though the business was not equipped with sprinklers. Employees discovered the fire after arriving shortly before 10 a.m. to open the bowling alley for business.

Firefighters received the call at 9:49 a.m. and arrived within three minutes to find heavy smoke and excessive heat coming from the building. Within an hour, firefighters determined the fire was extinguished, but by then it had spread throughout the first floor and caused heavy charring.

 The exact cause of the blaze was not yet known Sunday.

Firefighters assisted from Zion, Newport Township, Beach Park, Waukegan, Gurnee, and Pleasant Prairie, WI.

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