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Fire damages restaurant at Sunny Rest Resort

A restaurant at a resort in Franklin Township was damaged after fire broke out early Wednesday morning.

Township fire Chief Lynn Diehl said the fire broke out Tuesday night just before midnight inside the restaurant of Sunny Rest Resort.

“There was flames coming through the roof in the one area of the building, we proceeded to attack it and extinguish it,” Diehl said. “Structure is still standing, lot of smoke and water damage, hopefully it’s salvageable.”

Diehl said firefighters used the pool for water, and had the fire knocked down within about a half-hour.

But, he said there was a double roof on it that they had to work on that required extensive overhaul and resulted in firefighters remaining on scene for several hours.

He said there were no injuries, as no one was inside at the time because it was closed.

Diehl said they’re leaning toward possible equipment failure as the cause, but aren’t certain of that.

He said a state police fire marshal was called to the scene, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Diehl said also assisting at the scene were Parryville Fire Department, Bowmanstown Fire Department, Lehighton Ambulance and Mahoning Valley Ambulance Rehab.

“Everybody that was there did a fantastic job,” he said. “It was very hot and humid; they did a good job.”

Damage was done to the inside of the restaurant at Sunny Rest Resort in Franklin Township after a fire broke out late Tuesday night. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS