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SOUTH SIOUX CITY | Crews were on the scene well into the evening after a fire started late Wednesday morning at a South Sioux City bowling alley. 

Aboutt 6:45 p.m., firefighters were continuing to fight hotspots at Harmony Lanes, at 4400 Dakota Ave., and South Sioux City Fire Chief Denis Campbell said it could be a couple of hours more before they finished up.

The fire was reported at 11:31 a.m.

No one was injured, but Campbell said the bowling alley, just south of Highway 75/20 on the southern end of South Sioux City, had severe damage.

Fire crews cut holes in the roof and sides as smoke poured out of the structure earlier Wednesday.

The state fire marshal was investigating the cause. Campbell said the bowling alley owners had been doing maintenance work inside, left for a few minutes and returned to find the building burning.

The fire spread under the floors and through the ball return systems. The oiled lanes fueled the flames.

In 35 years, the fire chief had never been to a burning bowling alley. "I know why they burn forever," he said.

Firefighters from Ponca, South Sioux City, Homer and Dakota City fought the blaze.

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