CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- Officials say arson was to blame for a fire at the Hickory Trading Post early Thursday morning.

The Chesapeake Fire Marshal's office is looking for whoever started the fire on Battlefield Boulevard South, and what caused it.

William Whitehurst is the owner of the shop and tearfully spoke to 13News Now about the fire.

"Anybody can see what someone can do and mess up a small business man just trying to make ends meet," Whitehurst said.

Someone broke into the shop and started the fire around 3:00 a.m. Thursday, and that's when Whitehurst said police woke him and his wife up.

Walking through the store, he was upset as he looked at all the damage.

"I hate looking at it. It's a lot of work," he said. "They could've just taken the cash register and just walked out the back door where they broke in. why just tear it up and catch the place on fire?"

Whitehurst said he just fixed up old furniture to sell so he could get money to buy his grandson Christmas presents. But now, he's unsure how he'll be able to do that.

"He means the world to me and I just wanted to give him a good Christmas this year and I got a lot of antique furniture in here that hopefully I could sell before Christmas and give him a good Christmas," said Whitehurst.

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