"We're hoping to figure out an agreement to have a space over there that we can use as an office," Barber said. "We are in the middle of lawyers and paperwork. Doesn't anyone just shake hands anymore?"
State fire marshals couldn't determine what caused the blaze or if an accelerant was present. An engineer also ruled out any electrical problems, Bostic said.
"That's part of the problem," Barber said. "If it was arson we could have claimed it on our insurance differently. It if was electrical, we could have claimed it differently."
Luckily not much was lost during the blaze. He could only claim items that the Salvation Army bought to run their business and church. The desks and church furniture were donated.
The Salvation Army is still helping people in Summersville with support from other local community groups.
Firefighters who are called out to a blaze automatically think back to last year, Bostic said, when they battled five arsons Feb. 24, 2012. At least four of those were early morning blazes that occurred within one hour, between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Summersville Police Detective T.A. Blake said Nicholas Coty Stover and Austin Lee Cox, both 21 and from Craigsville, were charged in connection to several of those arsons. Both men are on home confinement while awaiting trial.
Barber is hoping the Summersville community could come together to raise money for a new Salvation Army office.
"It's just the way we operated our businesses," he said. "We didn't save for a rainy day. We spent all of our money month to month helping people."Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.