I just read on the Kenzer boars that Ernie Gygax lost his home in a fire this morning. Ernie and his roommate and dogs are okay, but everything else has been lost.
Tim Kask is attempting to coordinate raising funds to help Ernie get back on his feet through his Facebook account. I'm sure something will be done at GaryCon to help raise funds as well.
I'll post more information as it becomes available.
UPDATE: Here is the official Ernie Gygax Fire Relief Page.