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Dealership releases statement after fire caused by lightning

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Buchanan County Emergency Management confirms lightning caused a fire this morning at a business in Independence. 

They were called around 12:50 a.m. to a fire at Rydell of Independence.

Independence firefighters tell KWWL they were able to get it under control before the fire spread to any cars.

They're estimating between $100,000 - $200,000 in damage, most of which is in the body shop toward the back of the building. The rest of the building has smoke damage.

No one got hurt.

Dealer/Manager of Rydell of Independence Matt Halbur released a statement following the incident:

The Rydell of Independence body shop was destroyed after a lightning strike during the storm that passed through Monday night. The strike blew out the main power source to the building, so we had to close the dealership until power is restored. We should have electricity back and business up and running by Friday.  In the meantime, Rydell Chevrolet in Waterloo can assist any Rydell of Independence customers with their automotive needs. Please contact us at (319) 334-6033 with any questions.

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