Kilgore Fire Destroys Funeral Home

An early morning fire has destroyed a Kilgore landmark, and longtime fixture in the community. Cunningham Funeral Home caught fire early this morning around 3:30, and burned to the ground.    The 63 year old structure was one of the first "African American owned businesses" in town.   Owned for the last 18 years by Thomas Cunningham.

Firefighters worried about caskets found in the ashes... But no funerals were scheduled, and no bodies were inside. The building was a total loss. Many longtime friends came by to pass on their support.  As the business owner had done for so many of them in the past. Cunningham is insured and plans to rebuild.  Meanwhile investigators are looking into what may have caused the blaze.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.