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 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!