The man on the right in the yellow shirt is suspected of setting…
Fire officials suspect the same person who set a fire that caused half a million dollars in damage to the Denny's restaurant in Edgewood earlier this month also set a fire at the restaurant in early July.
Deputy state fire marshals are seeking help from the public with information about two fires inside the Denny's at 1803 Edgewood, one on July 4 and the second on Aug. 3.
The first fire, at approximately 8:45 a.m. on July 4, was in the trash can in the men's restroom. Damages were minimal and contained to the trash can. It was initially believed to be accidental by management and fire service response was not requested.
The fire at 10:20 a.m. on Aug. 3 involved the entire structure. Investigators determined the fire originated inside the men's restroom before spreading upward and through the roof. The structure sustained extensive damage, estimated at about $500,000. The restaurant was occupied by several staff and customers during both incidents.
Video surveillance revealed the same person of interest was seen entering and leaving the area of the men's room at the time of each fire. The unidentified person of interest is a white man, approximately 6 feet tall with light or grayish hair. In both incidents he wore a dark colored ball cap. On July 4, he was wearing a yellow shirt and light khaki style shorts. On Aug. 3, he was wearing an orange shirt, dark shorts and sunglasses. It is believed he left the parking lot in a dark, four-door sedan.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal requests those living in the community and anyone passing through to contact their office with any information about these incidents at the Northeast Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal, 410-836-4844, or the Arson Hotline, 1-800-492-7529.