Daniel M. Miller, 30 of Crystal Lake, (inset) was charged in connection with an arson fire that occurred outside the Tommy’s Red Hots restaurant at 363 West Virginia Street in Crystal Lake Monday afternoon. | Background Photo: Tyler Tobolt / Lake and McHenry County Scanner; Inset: Provided

A man has been accused of committing an arson fire that damaged a restaurant while customers were inside the building in Crystal Lake Monday afternoon.

The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department and Crystal Lake Police Department responded around 1 p.m. Monday to Tommy’s Red Hots, 363 West Virginia Street, for a report of an outside fire.

Officers arrived first and extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher.

Fire crews requested fire investigators to the scene along with the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal.

Officers arrested Daniel M. Miller, 30 of Crystal Lake, in connection with the incident.

A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court alleges Miller, who lives down the street from the restaurant, intentionally started the fire.

The complaint said Miller used a lighter to light his sweatshirt on fire and used hand sanitizer as an accelerant.

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The exterior of the building caught fire, the complaint said, adding that the damage was in excess of $1,000 and under $10,000.

Miller’s actions endangered the life and safety of multiple patrons who were inside the restaurant at the time of the fire, the complaint said.

Miller was charged with aggravated arson, arson over $150, criminal damage to property by fire or explosion, reckless conduct endangering safety and disorderly conduct. The most serious charge is a Class X felony that carries six to 30 years in prison.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a petition to detain Miller after he was transported to the McHenry County Jail.

He is expected to appear for an initial court hearing Tuesday afternoon.