Colorado Springs firefighter injured in diner fire

KKTV 11 News this Morning
Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 2:39 AM MDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2022 at 6:24 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado Springs firefighter was injured in a diner fire.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a fire at Gunther Toody’s, near Woodman and Powers, after midnight Thursday. Crews on scene reported fire and smoke inside the restaurant.

“They were able to initially knock down the fire that was in the back of the building, but at some point in there, the fire grew a little bit bigger than what they had initially seen, so we had to pull those initial firefighters out,” said Capt. Michael Smaldino of CSFD.

The fire was reported under control around 1:45 a.m. One firefighter injured his lower leg, and was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. He has since been released from the hospital.

“Obviously, there is going to be pretty extensive damage inside the restaurant. Unknown how long it might be closed, but definitely it will not be open here for a little bit,” said Smaldino.

Firefighters told 11 News on scene the damage does not appear to be structural, but more so the contents inside the restaurant.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is appears accidental. Firefighters have ruled out arson as a cause.

Crews will be on scene until at least noon on Thursday. We will update this article as we learn more.