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Ferguson Pizza Shop Owners Suffer Third Major Disaster — GoFundMe Account Established to Help Family Recover

If you read the KSDK.com story published this morning about an apparent arson fire that destroyed a Little Caesar’s Pizza in Ferguson, you know the fire came some three and a half years after the same building suffered severe damage caused by a tornado. But there’s more to this story that the St. Louis television news outlet did not report.

For Doyle and Joy Beck, owners of the long-established Ferguson business who also own a Little Caesars at 3100 Godfrey Road in Godfrey, Ill., the fire and tornado stand as Parts 1 and 3 of a real-life drama in which they never wanted starring roles. In between the twister and last night’s fire, Part 2 of their drama came ten months ago when their family home burned down. According to a local news report, a heat lamp that was providing warmth to the Becks’ two dogs, being kept in the family’s garage due to extremely cold weather, was blamed for sparking the blaze.

Though the Becks lost two dogs and a cat in the fire that destroyed their home, they and their four children have managed to escape injury each time disaster struck. Now, presumably, they face yet another decision about whether they will rebuild and/or reopen. Here’s to hoping they recover soon.

Attempts to reach the Beck family during this time were unsuccessful.

UPDATE Nov. 26, 2014, at 8:45 a.m. Central:  A GoFundMe Account has been set up to help the Beck family. Click here to donate.

UPDATE Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:15 p.m. Central:  Justin Beck, the son of Doyle and Joy Beck, is quoted in a USA TODAY article. Read it! You’ll like what he has to say.

UPDATE Nov. 26, 2014, at 6:19 p.m. Central:  The Wall Street Journal (subscription) is carrying the story.

UPDATE Nov. 29, 2014, at 7:31 a.m. Central:  When you read the latest update at the GoFundMe site, you’ll find out 13 employees — several of whom have small children — were affected by the loss of their store. Please help today!

UPDATE Dec. 1, 2014, at 8:15 p.m. Central:  You’ve contributed $4,447 as of this posting.  Thanks!

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Twenty-Five Structures Burn After Jay Nixon Fails Ferguson

Five hours after sharing Ferguson news with 10 updates, I awoke to find this KSDK-TV video. Coming on the heels of the St. Louis County grand jury decision against indicting Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, it stands as perhaps the most-disturbing evidence of unrest in Ferguson, Mo.

Twenty-five structures plus 10 cars at a car dealership set ablaze!

Turning to Fox2Now.com, I watched and listened as a man — I think he was a local business owner, but have not found a video clip to share yet — was being interviewed about the unrest and issued a call for Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.) to resign. The man said the governor failed to deliver on his pledge to protect Ferguson despite having had three months to plan.

Stay tuned for updates!

UPDATE #1 Nov. 25, 2014, at 8:40 a.m. Central:  The Fox2Now.com report aired again and I learned that the man calling for Governor Nixon’s resignation is former Ferguson mayor Brian Fletcher!

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