Volunteer firefighter saves kids from cave-in at Yorktown bowling alley

A quick-thinking volunteer firefighter saved 90 people, most of them children, from a ceiling collapse that officials say was caused by a pileup of snow on the roof of a Yorktown bowling alley.

Brewster firefighter Jeffrey Chiara, who was at the Jefferson Valley Lanes on Saturday, said he noticed falling ceiling tiles. He yelled out to bowling alley patrons and safely ushered them to an exit on the opposite side of the building. Owner Vito Giordano says the roof collapsed about 45 minutes later.

Giordano and his partners plan to fix the damage, but are unsure how long the bowling alley will remain closed. They are waiting to hear back from engineers and their insurance company.

Yorktown officials plan to honor Chiara for his heroics.

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