HENRICO, Va - Henrico Fire crews were dispatched to the TGI Friday's Restaurant in Short Pump Saturday night. According to the manager, a fire broke out behind the broiler in the kitchen. He and some of the other staff members attempted to extinguish the fire deploying the built-in suppression system and using other hand held extinguishers.
The restaurant was evacuated. Although the fire appeared to be out, the room continued to fill with smoke. When firefighters arrived, they began removing parts of the wall and ceiling and discovered hidden fire in both locations. The situation was brought under control in about 30 minutes.
There was extensive damage in the kitchen as a result of the fire which was determined to be accidental by the investigator on scene. One employee was transported to the hospital due to smoke inhalation. No firefighters were injured.
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