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March 9, 2014

Update: Fire engulfs WW Blacktopping (video)

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WW Blacktopping, which paves streets, parking lots and roads throughout south-central Minnesota, obtained permission in October to operate its asphalt plant on the site for another five years. The site also has a pair of pole sheds that weren't affected by the fire.

The land and buildings at 700 Industrial Road are assessed at $648,000, although that doesn't include the value of the equipment stored in the buildings, according to Blue Earth County property records..

Even as he looked over the smoldering ruins Sunday, Wolff promised the company would be up and running by construction season.

"We're pretty resilient," he said. "My head's not going to be in the sand. We're going to be looking forward."

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