Cedarstream Co. is helping raise money for Pizza Farm employees. The company is selling special T-shirts and hoodies, $18 to $25, with all proceeds going toward the employee fund. At least $10,260 has been raised through Wednesday evening. For more.
Employees’ account for donations established at Century Bank in Rockmart: The account is designated “solely be used to supplement the employees wages while they are ￼out of work. Routing number is 061119804; the account number is 101680. The bank is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 5 p.m. Friday. The drive-through lanes open at 8:15 a.m. weekdays.
The Rockmart and Polk County community are mourning the loss of a landmark. A fire that broke around 1 a.m. Saturday has destroyed The Pizza Farm at 734 Knox Mountain Road in Rockmart. The local favorite opened in 1972 by the Sanders Family. According to Rockmart Fire Chief Todd Queen, the first call came in around 12:50 a.m. and fire crews were on the scene all night and throughout the day Saturday for hot spots.
“Polk County Fire and Rescue was the lead responder and we responded with auto-aid,” says Queen. “We arrived just prior to 1 a.m. and found light smoke showing from the building and made entry, but conditions rapidly deteriorated. We had to pull men back due to heat and flames and there was an internal structure collapse. It is a total loss…completely destroyed.”
Three firefighters were treated on scene for heat exhaustion, but no other injuries were reported. Queen says the cause of the fire is now under investigation and will likely not be identified for several days.
Along with Polk and Rockmart fire crews, engines and water tankers from Bartow County also responded to the fire. Queen estimates between 11-12 engines, tankers and service vehicles were on scene.
“It was an extensive structure fire…the most extensive we’ve dealt with on this end of the county in the last several years,” says Queen.
The Polk County community including Polk County Chamber of Commerce, community leaders, Pizza Farm employees and patrons are sharing posts on Facebook today.
Polk County Commissioner Scotty Tillery posted: We have lost a Polk County Landmark today. Prayers for the Pizza Farm Family. Please keep the Men and Women fire fighters in your prayers this morning. They have been fighting the enormous fire at the Pizza Farm since 12:50 am. I know they are completely warn out from such a long morning.
Pizza Farm employee Hailey Brogdon says, “As I lay here tonight, I am still in shock. My heart breaks for Tommy Sanders. Pizza Farm has been my home almost every single weekend for four years. I grew up there. The stories that those walls could tell.. Pizza Farm wasn’t just a job, it was our life. It’s amazing how something you’re so dependent on can be ripped away from you. Don’t take anything for granted. I’m blessed to have worked there for 4 years. I’m blessed to be able to say that my mother has worked there for 26 years. We all have our disagreements but I love everyone that works there & I always know I can count on them. It hurts but I know our comeback is going to be better than ever. Thank you to everyone who has supported the Pizza Farm for 49 years! Keep praying because Lord knows we need it.”
We will have continuing updates.