STRAFFORD, MO - An early morning building fire in Strafford caused damage to neighboring businesses. For Denis George, the owner of PawPaw’s, says he always aspired to have a business.
"We, finally, had our grand opening, yesterday, and today were closed again. My wife says that gives us another opportunity to have a grand opening," says George.
Flames broke out around 5:30 a.m. in a vacant building that used to be a pharmacy. Although, no physical damage could be seen in the mom and pop shop the smell was enough to keep them closed.
"It’s a smoky sooty smell that sticks to everything," explains George. "I don’t want to serve smoky ice cream.”
Retiring in 2004, George says he loves serving his community and wanted his ice cream shop to have a retro feel. "The unfortunate thing in all this is that I just purchased a 1941 pin ball machine which was stored over in the pharmacy.”
The cause of the fire is being investigated by Greene County. George says he just leases the building that is connected to the pharmacy and will have to go through inspections again before reopening. "We are," says George. "Absolutely! Second grand reopening!”
George says that they’re not sure how long they’re going to be closed.