Huge Fire at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines

by Bob Johnson 0

Plaza Lanes, a center in Des Moines, Iowa, that is owned by the family of BPAA Vice President Randy Thompson, has suffered extensive damage resulting from a fire that broke out early Monday morning.

According to the Des Moines Register, a passerby called in the fire at 5:08 a.m., and at that point only small flames and smoke were visible. When firefighters arrived on the scene and opened up part of the roof, the blaze reportedly developed rapidly, and within about 30 minutes, the roof collapsed.

You can view a report from a local television here:

Plaza Lanes has been part of the Des Moines community since 1957.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.