Colleyville restaurant Ruggeri's has closed following structure fire

Multiple fire departments responded to a structure fire in Colleyville May 23.

Multiple fire departments responded to a structure fire in Colleyville May 23.

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A Colleyville restaurant has closed following a fire May 23 at 32 Village Lane.

The building housed Ruggeri's Italian Ristorante and is a total loss after the fire blazed for two hours. The roof was the first collapse, followed by the side walls, Colleyville Community Relations Manager Erin Spicer said.

City Manager Jerry Ducay and Assistant City Manager Mark Wood were among the first to notice black smoke coming from the roof of the building, according to a city news release. Ducay called 911, and then both Ducay and Wood entered the building to notify customers and workers of the fire.

Colleyville, Keller, Hurst, Grapevine, Southlake, Bedford and North Richland Hills fire department responded to the scene. No injuries have been reported.

“It was amazing how City of Colleyville Employee’s helped with today’s event," Kenny Phillips, a Colleyville Fire captain, said in an email. "We had employee’s help evacuate the building, supply water to firefighters, help with traffic and crowd control, control water pressure, supply ball caps, just to mention a few of the things our employees did to help.”

The cause of the fire is still unknown, Spicer said, but it appears the fire started in the roof. The incident is still under investigation.

In the meantime, the restaurant Ruggeri's has closed. Calls to the restaurant by Community Impact Newspaper were not immediately returned, and it is unclear if the restaurant plans to reopen in Colleyville.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.