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Armando's starts donation fund for Glass St. fire victim employee

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - When Roy Harden called in to his job at Armando's, the burger joint on Highway 58, on Thursday morning -- owners Ken and Charlesie Land didn't know what happened until they saw their grill cook on the news.

"He just called one of our employees to tell us he wouldn't be at work," they said.

The 65-year-old barely escaped a house fire on Glass Street. The home burned to the ground, along with everything that was inside. Roy's car parked out front was destroyed, too.

But the military veteran who's worked at Armando's for 10 years still defines the word dependable.

"I asked him if he wanted us to keep him covered and he said no, i'll be in there tomorrow," Ken said.

The Lands set up a donation drive for Roy at the restaurant -- a money jar on the counter and a cardboard box for clothes -- where employees, friends and customers are helping out.

"We want to help as much as we can. And, well, here he is now," Ken said as Roy walked through the door, stopping in to say thanks before his shift started on Friday.

Armando's hopes to raise enough so Roy can get a down-payment on a car.

"He hasn't asked for help," Charlesie said. "We're asking for him."

"He's always willing to help everybody else," said Ken. "So we're wanting to return the favor."

Clothes and monetary donations may be dropped off at Armando's on Highway 58. Roy wears L shirts, 32" pants, L/XL jackets and 11-11.5 shoes.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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