Fire destroyed the Shirley’s store in Collins late Sunday night and arson is suspected, according to a Facebook post from The News-Commercial. The state Fire Marshal’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s). The store, which was at 3450 Highway 49, was a total loss. “Our fire department and volunteers worked so hard and were exhausted,” according to a Facebook post from Shirley’s. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our city has been there for us and there’s no other place I would rather be than here in Collins … Please keep us and our employees in your prayers as we go through this transition.” Store officials said they plan to rebuild and are “looking at other options.” Until then, there is a location in Ellisville at 213 Clay St., they told customers.

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