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Fire destroys Grantsville restaurant, no one injured

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Posted at 7:16 AM, Apr 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-30 21:13:00-04

The aerial footage of the fire featured the videos above and below is courtesy of the North Tooele Fire District.

GRANTSVILLE, Utah - A Utah business is cleaning up after a fire destroyed a Grantsville restaurant early Thursday morning, and the cause is still under investigation.

Officials said the fire at Hickory Grill started in the kitchen around 5 a.m., and when fire crews arrived, the building was engulfed in flames near 200 W. Main St.

"It was a hot fire and it's unfortunate and a devastation to the community," said Fire Chief Brent Marshall of the Grantsville Fire Department.

Grantsville Elementary is across the street from the fire and authorities were originally concerned about the amount of smoke getting into the school. Fire crews determined no smoke got into the building and students still had school Thursday.

Richared Copeland owns the building, and he spoke about the devastation at the location, which has been a town landmark since the 1950s.

"Everything that is in there is, it's a loss," he said. "It looks to me that there's no hope in getting anything out there."

Copeland said he feels for the individual who had leased the building.

"You kind of expect in your mind what you'll see, but I wasn't expecting this exactly," he said. "It's pretty devastating, not just for me--but for the gentleman that was leasing it. He put a lot of time effort and money into it to build his business, so I feel bad for him as well."

While the building has been there for years, the Hickory Grill opened just last November and is one of only four restaurants in the area. Jesse Shrove works at the Hickory Grill and said the fire is a tragedy.

"It's very devastating, it's very sad," Shrove said.

Authorities have not given an estimate of the damage totals but said the restaurant is a total loss.