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Local business condemned after Monday's storms

By: Tim Johnston
By: Tim Johnston

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A local business damaged by Monday storms has now been condemned.

Inspectors came in Tuesday in to assess the damage at Joe's Mini Food Mart at East Loudon Avenue.

The owners have been told they will have to tear down the building and rebuild after Monday night's storms tore the roof off of their business.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Joe's Mini Food Mart, on East Loudon Avenue, was mostly empty except for Matthew Rayyan and a few others hanging around the store. That's when Rayyan said he and the others noticed leaks in the ceiling, but what they didn't know was that was only the first sign of the trouble to come.

"The beams were caving in," described Rayyan, the store owner's son, "(It sounded) Just like a lot wood breaking and we saw the roof caving in and I just ran out there."

Moments later, the roof came crashing down.

"A lot of noise, A lot of dust, a lot of water started flooding out of the building," recalled Doug Rogers, who witnessed the collapse.

"We thought it was a simple roof leak, not a catastrophe like what happened," added Scott Beaty, who also witnessed the collapse.

Those who saw the roof crash down say the rain is likely to blame.

"It had to be the rain," stated Rayyan, when asked why he thought that he replied, "it was fine earlier!"

"It had a lot of water on the roof, about two feet of water on the roof," said Rogers, who figured something wasn't draining properly.

Beaty said he called his friend, Rogers, to come take a look at the leaky roof just moments before the whole thing came crashing down.

"I'm glad I didn't set a ladder up and get on top of there because it would've went down as soon as I got up there," said Rogers.

While no one was majorly injured, a family that rents an apartment on the backside of the building is being forced to stay somewhere else Monday night.

The fire dept will temporarily condemn the building and keep it secured until inspectors can make it out Tuesday morning to survey the damage. The main concern is that no one can get close to the building because the roof is putting pressure on the exterior walls, even to the point where the front wall is leaning outward.

Contractors are now assessing the damage to see if repairs can be made.

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