Fire crews responded to a fire at approximately 8 a.m. today at Red Lobster restaurant located in the west parking lot of Casper's Eastridge Mall on Wyoming Boulevard.
According to CST crime reporter William Browning at the scene, the first crews on scene reported heavy fire in the kitchen area.
Since then, crews have taken a defensive position as heavy smoke spread to the entire restaurant and continued to billow from the restaurant's windows.
At 9:45 a.m., officials told Browning that crews used a frontend loader to tear down the rear wall of the building to gain access to the fire.
Fire chief Mark Young said the department's efforts were focused on the "place of origin" - in other words, containing the fire to the Red Lobster building.
An employee told Browning that all employees were evacuated safely and there were no injuries.
Browning said there are no road closures but the west parking lot of the mall is blocked off.
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