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Family displaced after roof collapses in heavy rain

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) "I've been here for nine years. I had a new roof put in seven years ago and I thought this sounded safe but evidently it wasn't," says Joe Rayyan, owner of Joe's Mini Food Mart.

Rayyan was out of town during last night's storm. His two sons however, were working inside and escaped moments before the roof of Joe's Mini Food Mart caved in.

"I'm just glad my boys are safe, that's the main thing. We can replace the building but we can't replace human beings," adds Rayyan.

An inspector condemned the building and it will soon be demolished. Rayyan wants all of his customers to know that he's hoping to rebuild and reopen the store within four months.

"I stay pretty busy here. It's a good corner. Hopefully we'll rebuild and come back soon and they'll all come back," adds Rayyan.

On the other side of the East Loudon building is an apartment that Joe rented out to a family. They were home at the time.

"Something out of a movie. It sounded like when the titanic went down. You know the beams, that's what it sounded like," says Angie Conner.

Conner and her family all escaped safely.

"I've never seen nothing like it," says Conner.

Conner says she knew the storm was coming, "I didn't know it was going to do this that we'd be like this with no place to live.

With demolition plans in the works, Conner doesn't know where her family will live.

The Red Cross provided a hotel for the Conner family Monday night and Tuesday night, but come Wednesday, Angie doesn't know where her family will sleep at night.

Most things inside Joe's Mini Food Mart are destroyed. In Conner's attached apartment, there are just some cracks in the walls. But, all of her things are unharmed and that comes as somewhat of a relief.

"If I had a place to put it. That's the only problem right now. I guess we'll get it figured out," says Conner.


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