No injuries after fire at Chili’s restaurant in Highlands Ranch

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- Crews from Littleton Fire Rescue and South Metro Fire worked to put out a fire at a Chili's restaurant at East County Line Road and South University Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon.

The 15 employees and 40 customers that were inside at the time of the fire were able to escape the building. There were no injuries.

Heavy smoke from the fire forced crews to stop traffic in both directions on University at about 3:20 p.m. The road reopened around 6:30 p.m.

Around 4 p.m., the restaurant was fully engulfed in flames, the Colorado State Patrol said on Twitter. As of 6:50 p.m., firefighters were still on scene taking care of hot spots.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.