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Man Arrested On Arson Charges In Spaghetti And Steakhouse Restaurant Fire

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (KDKA) - A man has been arrested on arson charges in connection with a fire that destroyed a popular 50-year-old Murrysville restaurant.

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(Photo: Westmoreland County Prison)

According to court documents, Brian Lucas of Murrysville is facing multiple charges, including arson, dangerous burning, burglary and causing a catastrophe in connection with the fire at Spaghetti and Steakhouse this weekend.

The Spaghetti and Steakhouse restaurant now sits along Route 22 charred and destroyed after flames tore through it.

Spaghetti & Steakhouse Murrysville Fire
(Photo Credit: KDKA's Chris Hoffman)

Viewer video showed the intensity of the flames. According to White Valley VFD Chief John Bohinc, it started around 3:30 a.m., and no one was inside.

Here is how intense the flames were this morning at a fire in Murrysville. The restaurant is now a total loss. Fire...

Posted by Chris Hoffman - TV News on Sunday, May 16, 2021

Police say Lucas was seen on surveillance video both inside and outside the Spaghetti and Steakhouse restaurant early Saturday morning when the fire broke out. Police also say Lucas confessed to a fire that destroyed the popular restaurant.

Police say they found him several hours after the fire at a car lot across the highway from the restaurant. He was asleep in a car he's accused of breaking into. Police say they suspect he was under the influence of narcotics.

He was denied bail.

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