By late morning, fire crews pretty much had things wrapped up.
Water was still being applied to calm any remaining hot spots.
Sadly, this is all that remains of a long-standing Columbia landmark.
It was a mecca for folks from miles around looking to pass the time
with some good, clean fun.
I hope the owners plan to rebuild.
In the meantime, the Columbia Bowling Alley will be
sorely missed by many.
PPL double-checked the power lines.
These guys took a well-deserved and much-needed break.
Much debris remains to be cleared.
Rheems puts away their portable water reservoir.
(I don't know what it's actually called.)
Speaking of water . . .
The clean-up begins.
Job well done.
Poor, sleepy-eyed News 21 cameraman finally showed at
about 10:45 a.m.
We Columbians were here right after 5 this morning.
We rise before the sun.
We are a hardy breed.
Bowling balls melted and burned. I overheard a fireman
say they had to pry open lockers to get the bowling balls out,
because they were catching fire.
Broken, cracked, and melted glass.
It was a long, tiring morning for some.
Our fire crews work hard.
The former entrance.
Amazingly, the bungee cords holding the Budweiser sign
didn't burn or break.
A camera operator getting some shots.
I think she was from a local Fox affiliate.
On a lighter note . . .
Gotta get me one o' them day-glo suits!
(We have to find a little levity in this tragedy.)