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St. Matthews business owner devastated after mysterious fire destroys restaurant

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There are still questions about exactly what sparked a Sunday morning fire that set two St. Matthews businesses ablaze. There are still questions about exactly what sparked a Sunday morning fire that set two St. Matthews businesses ablaze.
Some of the firefighters had to be evacuated when part of the building collapsed. Some of the firefighters had to be evacuated when part of the building collapsed.
Over 50 firefighters responded to reports of a fire just after 4 a.m. Sunday. Over 50 firefighters responded to reports of a fire just after 4 a.m. Sunday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There are still questions about exactly what sparked a Sunday morning fire that set two St. Matthews businesses ablaze.

Still in disbelief, one of the owners is refusing to return to the scene.

"I don't want to see it. If I can stay away as long as possible, the better. I don't want to be left with that image," said Maria Bell, owner of Chef Maria’s Greek Deli.

It's a sight Bell can't bear to see with her own eyes.

"The store is gone. My store is gone," Bell said.

She met us in an alley to avoid a glimpse of what used to be her pride and joy.

“My business was just like my best friend. That's the place I spend every day. That was my enjoyment. That was my life. And everything is gone,” Bell explained.

Over 50 firefighters responded to reports of a fire just after 4 a.m. Sunday. Some of them had to be evacuated when part of the building collapsed.

The weather only made matters worse.

“Everything got damaged so there's nothing salvageable,” said Darnell Ferguson, the owner of SuperChefs

But Ferguson is more optimistic than the day before. “This isn't the worst thing that's ever happened to me.”

Ferguson said he was once homeless and event spent time in jail. He wants to be living proof that with faith and perseverance, anything is possible.

“It's all about showing people how to go through life. I know it throws different things at you but at the end of the day God has never changed for us and I know he never will,” Ferguson shared.

Bell is now adopting that same positivity, and said she will reopen her Deli.

“I have to, definitely. I need people to help me emotionally and financially and I'm ready,” said Bell.

Arson investigators are still trying to figure out how and where the fire started. But in the meantime both owners have set up GoFundMe pages.

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