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Fire destroys Dillsburg drive-in theater's old movie screen

Liz Evans Scolforo
505-5429/@LizScolforoYD
  • Demolition crews had already reduced the old screen to a pile of wood and debris, which caught fire.

Fire destroyed the remnants of the old movie screen at Haar's Drive-In Theatre just outside Dillsburg early Tuesday morning.

Fire crews were dispatched to the blaze at 185 Logan Road in Carroll Township about 3:45 a.m., according to a York County 911 Center supervisor.

Demolition crews had already reduced the old screen to a pile of wood and debris, which is what caught fire, according to Fire Chief Scott McClintock of Dillsburg's Citizens Hose Co.

Fire destroyed what remained of the old movie screen at Haar's Drive-In Theatre near Dillsburg in the early-morning hours of Tuesday, July 19, 2016.
(Photo by Curt Werner, courtesy of Dillsburg Banner)

A track hoe that was left parked next to the pile sustained a good deal of fire damage, he said.

"It's not destroyed, but it's going to need a lot of work and repair," McClintock said.

No one was hurt, he said, and crews had the blaze under control in about 15 minutes.

Demolition crew called: It took about 90 minutes to fully extinguish flames.

"We had to wait on scene to get the demolition people there to operate the heavy equipment needed to move around the pile," McClintock said.

Fire destroyed the partially disassembled old movie screen at Haar's Drive-In Theatre in Carroll Twp. the morning of Tuesday, July 19, 2016.
(Photo by Curt Werner, courtesy of Dillsburg Banner)

The blaze isn't considered to be suspicious, according to the chief.

"(Work crews) had moved the pile from one spot ... to a larger pile at the end of the day (Monday)," he said. "It could have been that one ember in there got just enough air to smolder for hours."

Crews on Monday were cleaning up debris piles from the dismantled screen and putting them in dumpsters, according to McClintock.

The fire also could have been caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette, the chief said.

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The charred debris also will  simply go into dumpsters, he said.

McClintock said he was told a new movie screen was being erected this week.

Assisting Dillsburg firefighters at the scene were crews from Franklintown, Monaghan Township and Monroe Township, Cumberland County.

Crews fight a fire at Haar's Drive-in in  Dillsburg early Tuesday morning, July 19, 2016.  (Photo by Curt Werner, courtesy of the Dillsburg Banner)

"Everyone worked well together and got the job done," McClintock said.

Carroll Township Police Chief Thomas Wargo said the screen was built by hand starting in 1952. The screen was completed the following year, he said.

Haar's Drive-In Theatre was opened in 1953 by Vance Haar and also is home to Haar's Auction. The complex has hosted a roller-skating rink, pie-eating contests, country-music shows, bingo games, horses races and Carroll Township Police's annual National Night Out celebration.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

Crews fight a fire at Haar's Drive-in in  Dillsburg early Tuesday morning, July 19, 2016.  (Photo by Curt Werner, courtesy of the Dillsburg Banner)