Man giving to fire victims: 'I get rid of old memories, and they start new ones'

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LANCASTER, Ky. (WKYT) - A man in Lancaster heard a Georgetown family's cry for help after they lost all their belongings in an apartment fire. He decided Sunday to donate all he could.

Robbie Burton is a disabled veteran who volunteers a lot of his time to a humane society. His wife died suddenly two years ago. And a week ago he had back surgery but still Burton has time for some fire victims in Georgetown.

After watching our news story about a Georgetown mom losing her apartment home to a fire, Burton of Lancaster felt like he had to step in and help.

"I don't understand why. They knew I have two kids, said Deidra Roberts, who lost her home to a fire on Friday.

"There's just a little bit of everything. Some of the stuff I'm going to keep," said Burton. "My wife would want to give it to her grandkids and then some of the stuff just pass it along. There's a lady out there that may need it."

That lady is Roberts who lost everything. Burton says he knows what loss feels like, losing his wife of 24 years and would like someone who needs it to have it.

"I've still got a lot of stuff of hers," said Burton. "Clothes and some furniture that was hers. I told the woman that if she needed some, there was somebody that could give her a little bit."

We got Burton and Roberts in contact, and he tells us she'll be picking up some of his wife's stuff after Easter weekend.

"There's a lot of good stuff in here, and there's people that can use it," said Burton.

And he knows there's nothing more in the world that his wife would want to happen to her things.

"She would really like it I believe," said Burton. "I get rid of some old memories and help somebody start some new ones."

If you have clothes or toys that you'd like to donate to the family, you can email Deidra Roberts at or call her at (859) 552-6747.

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