Roof collapses at Lexington gas station and mini mart; no one injured

kward1@herald-leader.comJune 17, 2013 

The roof of Joe's Mini Food Mart on Loudon Avenue collapsed Monday night, just seconds after the two men working inside escaped.

The roof of a gas station/convenience store on Loudon Avenue collapsed Monday night, just seconds after the two men working inside escaped.

"We just got out just in the nick of time," said Jess Rayyan, who was working with his brother Matthew. "It was just raining really hard. The next thing I know, beams are just coming down."

The men said their father owns the store, Joe's Mini Food Mart at 705 East Loudon Avenue.

Matthew Rayyan said they heard "wood breaking" just before they left.

"We saw the roof caving in, and I just ran out of there," he said.

There were no customers in the store at the time, and no one was injured.

Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz of the Lexington Fire Department said the collapse, which happened about 7:45 p.m., might have been weather-related.

"We had some significant wind and a lot of heavy rain," he said.

Jess Rayyan said the roof had had leaks before, but they were just "normal leaks."

Nantz said the fire department condemned the building temporarily and would try to secure it. Code enforcement would inspect it Tuesday morning, he said.

The front wall of the brick structure was leaning outward slightly. Building materials were all that was visible through the glass windows and front door.

Nantz said a family that lived in an apartment at the back of the building would have to find other lodging for now.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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