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Car dealer rebuilding now in Washington

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It's been almost five months since Uftring Chevrolet in Washington went up in flames and lost their entire building.

But Thursday marks an important milestone, as they break ground for their new facility.

Five days into 2018, 33 fire crews responded and with flammable liquids and frigid temperatures, it was no easy battle.

The building was a total loss the dealer principal, Gary Uftring, promised to rebuild. 

"A tremendous amount of work has gone by an awful lot of managers to get to this point, with all the permitting and the EPA and the damages from the other building and clearing the other building up and doing all the environmental stuff. It's really an exciting day for us," Uftring said.

Employees and city leaders joined in for this ground breaking event. 

"I just can't say enough about what they did to convert this old Walmart building into a functioning car dealership with a service, a parts, a body shop... and of course a sales location," Uftring said.

Rivercity Construction and PJ Hoerr are combining forces for this re-build.

"They came to us in a time of need and we're proud just to be associated with them," said John Sutherland of Rivercity Construction. "Having the resources of both Rivercity Construction and PJ Hoerr are vital in order to get this done before December 11th."

They hope to have doors open by Christmas, with a strict schedule.

For now crews have their fingers crossed for sunshine and plan to work many six day weeks.

The new building will have a similar look with new technology and new amenities. 

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