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One year after Whiskey Row fire, historic facade gets closer to completion

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- July 6 marks one year since a massive fire tore through a historic strip in downtown Louisville. Now workers are trying to piece Whiskey Row back together.  

Over the past 365 days, the story has changed in many ways, but now the attention is on the rebuilding phase.  

Neighboring businesses have kept a close watch on the construction. 

"What it will do for us, you can't put that into words or dollars," said Manny & Merle general manager Wayne Sweeney. 

The giant sign draped across the famous facade says that, by this time next year, the makeover will be complete, and Whiskey Row will be back open. 

The head of construction team, Ron Carmicle, remains confident. The fire may have been a setback, but now he's focused on the future tenants that by July 1, 2017, will call Whiskey Row home. 

"This is a part of history," Carmicle said. "It's part of Louisville, and it will be apart of history after I'm gone."

Many have asked how did the famous facade survive this fire?  Officials said the original construction crews back in the 1870s used all the right materials. 

Cast iron, brick and timber kept the flames from bringing the entire structure down. 

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