Small explosion hurts worker, closes Fayetteville Cheddar’s restaurant

Google maps image of the Cheddar's in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A worker was hurt and a restaurant was evacuated Saturday evening after a small explosion in the kitchen, Fayetteville fire officials said.

The incident happened just before 8 p.m. at Cheddar’s at 225 N. McPherson Church Road.

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About 200 people were evacuated from the restaurant after “a small explosion” in a cooker in the kitchen, officials said.

One Cheddar’s worker was injured in the incident.

The business was closed after the explosion, which did not damage the building.

A manager at the business, who did not provide her name, told CBS North Carolina the worker had a slight burn.

The manager also said the small explosion was little more than a “loud noise” that startled people inside the restaurant.

Cheddar’s plans to reopen on Sunday, the manager said.

The health department is now investigating the incident, officials said.

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