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. This poor family does not seem to have any luck with their homes. House fires are extremely dangerous and could happen to anyone. They can damage so many possessions, and can completely ruin the house itself. Hopefully, this family had home insurance to cover some of the costs of the fire. The story of this family is a prime example of why more homeowners might want to consider getting house insurance. There’s more info here if homeowners do want to learn more. Just as this family was recovering from their house fire, their business has recently caught fire. 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!by