COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Cleanup has started at a Columbia funeral home that was damaged by a suspected arson fire.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel co-owner John Bach says he plans to fully restore the chapel and continue business there. But he says he expects the final cost will exceed the fire department’s damage estimate of $200,000.
Police and fire crews were dispatched to the chapel just before 5 a.m. Sunday. Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer says evidence found at the scene combined with interviews with witnesses led arson investigators to deem that the blaze was intentionally set. No one was injured, and Bach says no bodies were inside the chapel at the time of the fire.
Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune