GREENSBORO, NC – A firefighter was taken to the hospital after he was knocked to the ground following a food truck explosion in a Greensboro strip mall.

The unidentified firefighter was taken to Moses Cone Hospital, said Battalion Chief Danny Edwards with the Greensboro Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to 2309 Flemming Road at 5:05 p.m. for a report of a food truck on fire.

When firefighters arrived, they found the food truck and SUV engulfed. A cylinder in the food truck ruptured causing the explosion that knocked the firefighter down, Edwards said.

The food truck, Tom Got Crabs, was heavily damaged in the blaze.

Edwards said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

People at a nearby business saw the fire and tried to help extinguish it.

John Pauls, who was attending a wine tasting at Cru Wine & Beer in the same strip mall, said there were at least 15 people inside the business when it was evacuated from the back door. He said the person who said there was a fire tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher.

Pauls said he called 911.

Bystanders said the explosion shattered windows on cars 150 feet away.


Damian Salgado, the firefighter who was hurt. Salgado was taken to Moses Cone Hospital as a precaution. Tests were conducted at the hospital. He had a slight concussion but was sent home Sunday evening.