Neighbors rally around Antlers business destroyed by fire
ANTLERS, Okla. (KTEN) — Todd Jones woke up early on a Sunday morning to find the family business across the street engulfed in flames.
"It's my worst nightmare," Todd said. "Every night I get up and go to the bathroom and I peek out my window, look to see if I see smoke or a thief."
"That's one of the reasons we live right across the street, is for this right there," added Todd's wife, Kim Jones.
Antlers Roof Truss and Builders Supply has been in Todd's family since the early 60s, spanning three generations. When news of the fire reached neighbors, they immediately stepped in to help, something Kim said she appreciates immensely.
"We started back business on Monday," she said. "Somebody donated a table, and [Todd] has been running the business from the front yard under this canopy. Somebody donated office supplies; we had people that came and started just donating money."
Friends and family credit the quick and supportive response to the Jones' reputation of generosity in the community
"Lots of times they would go up there themselves and fix things that needed to be done at the school," said Trina Low, Kim's sister. "Kimberly has been a schoolteacher at Antlers Elementary for 20-something years, so most of the children in this community have gone through her classroom."
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise $14,000 for rebuilding. On June 2, the neighborhood is putting on a celebration with local musicians and a cornhole tournament, with all proceeds going to the fund.