Casselton's Pizza Ranch picking up the pieces, one slice at a timeCasselton, ND (WDAY TV) - While crews are braving the cold to clean up from Casselton's train accident, warmth is pouring into the small town from a business owner... And it’s not just coming from the oven.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - While crews are braving the cold to clean up from Casselton's train accident, warmth is pouring into the small town from a business owner... And it’s not just coming from the oven.
Pizza Ranch's doors are open and have been since the explosions; making sure everyone in town has a bite to eat.
Diving deep into damage, you could get lost in all of the scorched rubble.
Jaci Sullivan- Pizza Ranch Owner/Manager: “We're just happy that it happened where it happened and not around people and that nobody got hurt.”
But when you wander only a half-mile down the tracks, business on this bleak day is beginning to wake back up.
Casselton's popular pizza stop sits just feet away from the railroad.
Sullivan: “The store has been here since '96.”
Chelsea Ausk- Making Pizzas: “It's scary to think that if that would've happened in town, this whole place would just probably be gone.”
But as soon as the accident shook the surrounding community, this team knew they had to step up.
Sullivan: “My staff wanted to work, so we decided: Let's open up.”
And they haven't stopped baking, slicing or icing since.
Sullivan: “Did the craziness of trying to find out who we needed to feed, what we needed to do?”
Ausk: “It was nice to be able to give something; what little we could give, because there's not much we as people here in town can do.”
Never realizing a small slice could make such a difference.
Sullivan: “I sympathize for those guys. They work in terrible conditions. I'm in here where it's nice and warm and they're out in the freezing cold.”
As long as the oven is hot and there are hungry mouths to feed, Jaci says she'll keep this open sign on for all the people working hard to bring their small town back to normal.
Sullivan: “I've got to feed these guys out on the tracks. It's easy to eat and yeah, who doesn't like pizza?”
The night of the crash, Jaci and her employees made more than 30 pizzas for the workers and volunteers helping out after the accident.