Firefighters battle fire at former Akron bowling alley

AKRON, Ohio - Firefighters battled a fire at a former bowling alley in Akron late Tuesday night.

Crews responded to Midway Lanes, 1070 E. Tallmadge Ave. around 10:30 p.m.

Once they arrived, they had to knock holes in the walls to release the smoke. Firefighters on the scene wouldn't go inside because it was too dangerous. At one point, the blaze became a 2-alarm fire.

The bowling alley has a seasoned past. In 2014, it announced it would close for good after five decades of fun.

Midway dates back to 1958. Owners merged their operation with Stonehedge Family Fun Center on North Hill, according to our media partners at the Akron Beacon Journal.

Tallmadge Avenue will be closed between Creighton and Grand Park avenues through rush hour on Wednesday.

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