Greenfield restaurant engulfed in flames; witness heard explosion before fire

No injuries reported

GREENFIELD, Ind. - Emergency crews were battling a huge blaze at a restaurant in Greenfield Monday evening.

The El Rodeo restaurant on State Road 9 was engulfed in flames around 6:30 p.m., and the fire was under control shortly after 7 p.m. Smoke from the fire was visible from as far as 10 miles away.

A witness who works at the Wal-Mart next door to the restaurant told RTV6 she heard an explosion before the restaurant went up in flames.

Another witness working nearby had a similar story.

"I heard a big boom from the kitchen over at White Castle," said witness John Short.

Investigators said the initial impression is that the fire started in the kitchen, and the explosion that witnesses heard was a transformer behind the restaurant blowing up.

No injuries have been reported, but the restaurant was open for business at the time of the fire.

Investigators said there were 15 employees in the restaurant at the time, but it is unclear if any customers were there.

Firefighters said the building was completely destroyed. There is no word yet if the restaurant owners will rebuild.

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