Local business works to bounce back after Thanksgiving Day fire
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. — Ian Boyan is a volunteer firefighter. So is his father, Richard Boyan. The two are used to being in the action as volunteer firefighters. But when their business went up in flames on Thursday, all they could do was watch.
“It was frustrating, because these are our friends and they have to give up their Thanksgiving because our building is on fire,” says Ian.
The fire was contained to the service department at Crossroads Lawn and Garden in Marshall County, Kentucky. On Friday, nearly everything was covered in soot.
“Can’t give up,” says Ian. “Just got to keep fighting. We’ll make it right.”
Richard says there’s still hope, because just next door, they’re building a new location.
“In a way we’re blessed,” says Richard. “If we did not have this building in place in the position it’s in, we would be pretty much out of business, but we’re not.”
The new building isn’t supposed to be ready for a couple of weeks, but those plans have changed.
“Now just crash-dive,” says Ian. “Get everything done that we can, so we can communicate and talk with our customers.”
Everyone is kicking it into high gear, including the guys working on the drywall.
“Now we’ve got to hurry up and get it done,” says Mike Moryl, owner of Mike Moryl Drywall.
Just down the road, the local fire department opened its doors and made room so Ian could store some of his inventory that survived the fire before moving it to his new location.
Ian says they’re working to get the internet and phone lines back up and running. He’s hoping to reopen on Monday, but there are no guarantees.
“We lost all of our phones, and we lost all of our computers,” says Ian. “So, we don’t know what are capabilities are going to be come Monday. Our entire dealership runs internet based, so we’re using our phones as hot spots. We’re using our laptops from home. We’re using anything to be able to communicate with our customers.”
If you’re a customer, Ian says please be patient. If you have equipment being serviced, he says they will contact you as soon as they can.
Investigators ruled the cause of the fire as undetermined.