Bennett Motors and owner Mike Bennett have rebounded from disaster before when the 2016 tornado struck his U.S. 45 North car dealership lot and damaged several vehicles.
A Thursday night fire had Bennett and his employees back at work preparing on how to get things up and running.
“It’s not that bad. It could have been a lot worse,” he said as friends were stopping by the lot Friday morning.
According to information from Mayfield Fire Department Chief Jeremy Creason, Engine 1 and Rescue 1 were dispatched to Bennett Motors around 10:33 p.m. following a 911 call to report the fire. Both units arrived at the scene a few minutes later.
Fire personnel encountered fire in the front of the office building and noticed fire inside the building, as well. Firefighters entered the building through the front and put out the fire inside the building and the attic area. The fire was reported under control at 10:50 p.m.
Bennett said damage was contained in a corner of the structure. “A little bit of smoke damage and a little water damage,” he said, adding the front windows were boarded up where firefighters entered to combat the blaze.
He said the main focus was to get his business’ operations going and restore electricity and phones. Neighboring Youngblood’s RV had offered to provide Bennett with a trailer.
“I’ve got a lot of good friends,” he said. “Hopefully we can get moved out of this building into something temporary and continue on. We’re going to try to do business as usual.”
It is a similar mentality following the tornado three years ago.
“It was a much more devastating thing,” Bennett recalled. “That happened on a Tuesday and we were back open that following Monday.
“I was trying hard to keep it going,” he added. “That’s what I’m used to.”