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Mount Vernon Mayor calling massive fire 'awful'

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Flames could be seen from miles away Sunday night as the Donmar bowling alley in Mount Vernon caught fire.

Monday afternoon gave light to exactly the amount of damage the fire caused.

“It's awful,” said James 'Jim' Moore, mayor of Mount Vernon. “One good thing, nobody hurt. We used 80,000 gallons of water from mount Vernon. 15,000 from Lisbon.”

The fire was so massive more than 140 firefighters from at least 14 departments battled the intense flames at Donmar Lanes.

“You could feel the heat,” said Hugh Hoffman. “It'll be a great loss to the community for sure.”

For many in the town, the bowling alley is now a place holding melted memories.

“30 years of hard work. It's sad... just sad,” said Don Berner who helped build the building more than 30 years ago.

Sunday night Berner says he watched a place he build brick by brick burn.

“I'd like to see my son rebuild it if possible,” said Berner. “Unbelievable, unbelievable. I don't know what to say about that.”

The State Fire Marshall's Office wasn't able to make it Monday afternoon as originally planned.

There's no word on if the owners plan to rebuild. 

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