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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

You may remember seeing the smoke and flames over downtown in July. It took firefighters several hours to put out the fire. Now owners and employees are working in a new facility on that same property.

The company is starting fresh on the very soil it all started decades ago on North McDonough Street, after a 67 year old structure went up in flames.

Standard Roofing Company President Pete Taylor says with the help of the community, the business never missed a beat.

"[What overjoyed us] was the cooperation with the city of Montgomery, and then all the people involved in getting up back was attributed to our employees hard work and dedication and they never gave up; they just went right through and we were very pleased and feel very appreciative to everyone that helped us." Taylor said.

Taylor says construction started on this $2.4 million dollar facility in September and it was completed ahead of schedule. In the meantime, a local businessman offered temporary office spaces nearby on North Hull Street.

"We had a sign up in front of the old burned down site saying we will return to our original location March 1st and we beat it by about two weeks. We moved the morning of the 18th of February," Taylor said.

A look inside: new hardwood flooring, several office spaces and even a few items that braved the fire, including this wooden table that sits in the new conference room. Next to the main office is a building that will serve as a permanent fabrication shop sometime next month.

"We feel very fortunate that things turned out the way they did," Taylor said.

Montgomery Fire Lt. Kenneth Jones says the fire was so consuming that they could not determine the cause of the fire. Lt. Jones says the three firefighters who suffered minor injuries were treated and released that same day.

Taylor says Standard Roofing Company employs about 140 people.

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