MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A southeastern Minnesota bowling alley and restaurant was destroyed by fire on New Year’s Day morning.

Flames ripped through the B & B Olympic Bowl in Preston just after 5:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

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(credit: Fillmore County Sheriff's Office)

(credit: Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office)

Sheriff Tom Kaase said B & B had been a focal point in the town.

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The Minnesota State Patrol had to shut down a nearby highway while firefighters from three towns battled the fire.

(credit: Fillmore County Sheriff's Office)

(credit: Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office)

Firefighters found one of the bowling alley’s owners inside and rescued her.

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The sheriff’s office says the fire likely originated in the kitchen.