Popular bowling alley destroyed in New Year's Day blaze

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A popular bowling alley and eatery in Preston, Minnesota, was destroyed in a fire in the early hours of 2016.

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Department said the blaze broke out in the kitchen area of the B&B Olympic Bowl and Restaurant at around 5:40 a.m. on New Year's Day.

Owner Shelley Hanson was in the building at the time and called the emergency services, who arrived a short time later to help her out of the smoke-filled building.

The fire spread quickly throughout the venue, which police say is a "total loss" even though it was extinguished by the Preston, Fountain and Harmony fire departments.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reports the alley has been owned by Paul and Shelly Hanson since 1990 and has "long been a popular spot in Preston."

"It's priceless," Preston Fire Department Assistant Chief Josh Ristau told the newspaper. "It's the town's only diner."

The fire is being investigated, and there's no word yet on how it started.

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