One charged with arson in Tuscaloosa restaurant fire

(Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue)


50-year-old Derrick Duane Maddox is facing a charge of arson in connection with a Tuscaloosa restaurant fire.

Court records show Maddox told investigators that stress with with family and the restaurant drove him to the point he "done with it."

Records show Maddox poured 10 gallons of gas on the restaurant floor Tuesday. He had gotten a call from his manager that none of the employees showed up, so Maddox left the side of his ailing mother to help his manager. The manager left the job as soon as he arrived.

Maddox suffered numerous 2nd degree burns in the fire before being arrested for arson.


An investigation is underway to find out what started a fire at a Tuscaloosa restaurant.

On Tuesday, the Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries on McFarland Boulevard caught fire.

Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue says the fire resulted in extensive damage to the interior and began just prior to 9:00 p.m.

Officials confirm no one was injured in the fire.

ABC 33/40 will update this story as more information becomes available.

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