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Patrons mourn loss of Henderson business

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Henderson, La. -

While officials wait to release the identity of the victim in a Henderson business fire, locals mourn the loss of an establishment dear to their hearts. Among the ashes, are fond memories of George Robin's hardware store.

"It was the kind of place that you felt comfortable in just when you walked in," said Ray Robin, a family friend.

"My grandfather used to take me here, and my dad took me here, and I came here on my own and took my grand kids here," said a regular customer, Larry Wiltz. 

"Its just sad i wont be able to take their kids here," 

"It was about two in the morning when I was called and being the water man, the firemen wanted more water. So I was called out, and when the dispatch told me it was Robin's hardware. It kind of hit home," said 

Open even longer than Henderson has incorporated, Robin's served as sort of a town cornerstone.

"A lot of people always came here, we just like to come shoot the breeze with Mr. George. You wouldn't just come here and get a part or get nails or get wood. You came in here and you got wood or parts or whatever, and you got a story with it," said Wiltz.

A life, a livelihood, and a local staple all scorched beyond repair. Neighbors just wish there was something they could do. 

"If I could rebuild it I'd rebuild it right now," said Wiltz.

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