Police say he was found asleep in a car he's accused of breaking into at a car lot across the highway from the restaurant.By Paul Martino

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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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.

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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.

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.

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He was denied bail.