Charlotte Fire Department firefighters responded to a fire Tuesday morning at the Firebirds Wood Fire Grill at 3920 Sharon Road, in the SouthPark area.
Photos sent to the Observer from a witness show flames coming through the roof of the restaurant at around 11:37 a.m. More than two dozen firefighters responded to the scene and brought the fire under control in about a half hour.
A witness said a loud “boom” was reportedly heard in the restaurant before the fire was discovered. A damage estimate was not yet available.
Witnesses reported being stuck in the parking lot for more than an hour because fire trucks blocked the exits.