Police believe the owner of Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries intentionally set fire to the restaurant Tuesday night.

Derrick Duane Maddox, 50, was charged with second-degree arson Wednesday morning. His bond was set at $15,000.

Maddox was treated for second-degree burns at DCH Regional Medical Center before he was charged and taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

Firefighters responded to the restaurant fire on McFarland Boulevard near Interstate 20/59 around 9 p.m. Tuesday. The fire caused extensive damage to the interior and limited damage outside.

Neighboring businesses received smoke damage.

Fire Marshal Gene Holcomb said firefighters found evidence of a flammable liquid inside the dining area. Witnesses told investigators they heard an explosion saw a man on fire run from the restaurant and drive away.

Dunkin Donuts, adjacent to the restaurant, was open Wednesday. The one-story strip mall also includes a Sprint phone store, an insurance business, cash loan, and tax preparation business.

Investigators haven't said what led them to believe the fire was intentionally set.

Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries is a chain restaurant based in North Carolina with 135 locations across the U.S., Denmark and the United Arab Emirates. The Tuscaloosa location opened in 2016.

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