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Edgewood Denny's Fire Set Intentionally, Officials Say

The blaze caused significant damage to the 24-hour restaurant.

Investigators believe that the that caused about $500,000 in damage was an act of arson.

Deputy state fire marshals determined the blaze was set intentionally in the men's bathroom of the restaurant before 10:20 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

The unidentified suspect is described as a 190-pound man between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall, wearing an orange shirt, dark shorts, dark sunglasses, dark baseball cap and either loafers or sandals. .

Around 10:20 a.m., a patron discovered the fire in the bathroom. At the time of the fire 50 customers and 20 employees were inside the business owned by Patrick Hess, according to the release.

All customers safely left the restaurant after smoke filled the building.

The fire spread from the bathroom to the attic and roof. The blaze went to two alarms, with 75 firefighters from Harford and Baltimore County fire companies battling the blaze for 45 minutes before getting it under control, according to the release.

An employee and a firefighter from Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company were taken to in Bel Air for treatment and later released.

The fire caused about $500,000 in damage to the restaurant, located at 1803 Edgewood Road.

State troopers and crime scene technicians with the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack are assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information about the fire or the person in the photos can contact the Northeast Regional Office of the state fire marshal, 410-836-4844 or the Maryland Arson Hotline, 1-800-492-7529.

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glenn August 06, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Great! Now I have to drive to Rosedale to go to Denny's.
funnyguy August 07, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Man nice video quality Denny's! Looks like you filmed that w/ a potato. Same with Walmart, their security camera's are so bad it looks like they hand drew the Ripkin suspect video.
amanda August 08, 2012 at 02:04 AM
what an idiot who the hell would want to burn down good ol dennys
amanda August 08, 2012 at 02:05 AM
hope they catch that dummie
amanda August 08, 2012 at 02:07 AM
what an idiot who the hell would want to burn down good ol Dennys
Ashley August 08, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I know the Edgewood Denny's sucks, but burning it down? I'm sure there are more productive ways to voice your displeasure.
Dee Miller August 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
You may think that Denny's sucks but the faithful patrons that swarm it every day proves you wrong.
Stella Dora August 17, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I have a question how come the smoke detector and sprinklers never activated to let the employees and customers know that there was a fire in the building?
Larry Tharp August 27, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I am a regular customer of this Denny's. I agree sometimes the quality of the food isn't the greatest but the choices in the area are slim when it comes to a 24 hour operation. The staff are always friendly when I arrive around 4am. The main point many have forgot is that this business was an income for a large number of folks in the area. While they repair the damage these employees have to relocate or find other employment. I hope they reopen soon because the employees are the ones that are hurting the most.
Avolon Bridges November 04, 2012 at 02:09 AM
This was the first Denny's i ever went to, i am a normal costumer and the food is not always the best, but that place has great food, i live like a couple blocks down from there and on August 3d i saw smoke and fire trucks rushing down and turning into Edgwood Road and i was like what the heck is burning i can tell it is from that center is it burgerking Ramada Rich in Ballroom My friend Jakie was is over in Denny's when it happened and i called her and was like Jakie what is going on whats on fire over there and she was like Denny's. I then just ran out the front door and caught up with her but when i got there an hour later she said it was cleared about 15 minuets before.
Avolon Bridges November 04, 2012 at 02:13 AM
i totaly agree with Ashley not all the time dose the food stink but come on
Avolon Bridges November 04, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Why do u have to go to Denny's

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