LOGAN -- A Logan funeral home that was about to mark its 80th anniversary was destroyed by fire over the weekend, but the owner is vowing to rebuild.
Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's office determined the fire was arson Monday evening, according to Mark Lambert, assistant fire marshal.
Todd Fields, the owner and operator of Chatman Funeral Home, said he had no idea why anyone would want to destroy his business, but he suspected drugs were involved.
"I just can't figure out anyone who would want to do it," he said. "As far as what I do, I help people. No one's got anything against me; I haven't done anything to be targeted by anybody. I guess maybe crack heads saw the opportunity.
"I just think so much drugs has gotten a hold of people around here any more. Drugs have taken over everything."
Fields said his business is small, conducting only 30 funeral services a year and "a few cremations."
"It's not like this is a big jealousy thing where I'm driving around in Cadillacs, rolling in the dough or something like that," he said.
Members of the Logan Fire Department called the fire in the two-story, aluminum-sided, cinderblock building suspicious.
The fire did an estimated $1 million in damages, said firefighter Nick Ferrell. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries putting it out.
A representative from the state Fire Marshal's Office conducted an inspection Monday afternoon. Investigators still are looking into the blaze even though the determination was made Monday evening that the fire was set.
Ferrell said the fire began about 3:40 a.m. Sunday.