Firefighter injured when steakhouse catches fire in Gaston Co.

GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) - A Gaston County firefighter was injured on Tuesday morning when a two-alarm fire broke out at an area steakhouse.

According to firefighters, the fire broke out at the Longhorn Steakhouse along Cox Road around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire and smoke conditions. They initially tried fighting from inside the building but the extreme heat inside forced crews outside of the restaurant.

A department spokesman says one firefighter hurt his lower leg while trying to put out the fire. He was treated and released from Gaston Memorial Hospital.

It took nearly 30 firefighters about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.

A WBTV camera spotted noticeable damage to the roof of the building. Several windows were blown out, as well.

It is not clear if the restaurant will be able to open for business later Tuesday.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Gastonia/Gaston County Fire Investigation Task Force.

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