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Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013 10:20 am | Updated: 11:29 am, Sat Jul 6, 2013.

A Vernal landmark - a favorite summer destination -  was destroyed by a fire.

The iconic Sunset drive-in burned down after its Friday night summer opening.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but it is believed to have been within the area of the concession stand.

“They think it was the deep-fat fryer that started the fire,” said Devanie Swank, granddaughter of the owner.

A Vernal landmark the original drive-in movie theater was built by the Shiner brothers in 1950.

“It's too bad, I can recall coming down here just to get a hamburger on Friday nights,” Swank said.

The call came into Central Dispatch around midnight, early Saturday, sending Vernal City firefighters scrambling back from a previous call.

By the time they arrived the box office and concession area of the main building were fully engulfed in the blaze.

The contents of the interior appear to be a total loss with only the projection booth and drive-in screen surviving the fire.

 

Read the full story in the July 10, 2013 Vernal Express edition.

 

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