Business destroyed in stockyard fire getting help from community

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Wednesday means business as usual for Roberts’ Heavy Duty Towing and Recovery. Saturday, it was anything but.

That’s not because Roberts’ was damaged in the stockyards fire, though. Rather, Dewayne Hogan’s building was lost in the fire which quickly spread down the block.

“It stood right there. It was a three-bay garage. It stood right there,” said Hogan in a Sunday night interview. Clients and competitors alike, call Dewayne “Slim.”

“They’ll call him, they’ll call us and then make their decision on who they want to use,” says Lee Roberts, president at Roberts Towing.

This week hasn’t been about clients though. You might’ve seen “Slim” in a different truck. Many of his, along with 120 vehicles on his lot were destroyed, Saturday. That truck looked a lot like the ones that belong to Roberts Towing.

“I said if you like, I’ve got room in the shop you can use, I’ve got a truck you can use, just to help you keep going,” says Roberts.

It’s not the only efforts to get Slim’s Towing up and running again though. You might’ve seen a GoFundMe account floating around online. It’s run by co-workers of “Slim’s” wife. It’s goal is to raise $15,000. The page indicates the towing company was the family’s primary source of income.

“But I have to stay strong no matter what,” said Hogan, Sunday night.

That hope and a little help could give this tragedy a happy ending.

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