EZ Fuel begins big rebuild project

EZ Fuel begins big rebuild project

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The fire that ravaged EZ Fuel in September burned a lot of material, but not the dream of its proprietor.
Terry Feeny has begun rebuilding the business on Highway 97 north of Oliver (at the former Oasis Gas location).
Feeny said he has tried to remain positive since the devastating fire on September 2, which took a psychological toll on him.
“I took it kind of personal and I shouldn’t have, so it took longer to over.”
The fire was treated as suspicious, but there has been no report yet of suspects or charges.
Since the fire, Feeny has been victimized a couple of times. Someone stole all of the copper data wires and pilfered the battery from a forklift on site. In addition, a lock was cut on a storage container, but nothing appeared to be stolen.
“I feel that I’m being picked on,” said Feeny, who has hired a security company to monitor the site.
The fire gutted most of the previous renovations, but the canopy was saved. Feeny said they tried to save the north end of the old garage, but it didn’t pass RDOS inspection, therefore it had to be knocked down. However, regional district staff did manage to fast-track the building permit, he pointed out.
Feeny said they did their best to fix up the old Oasis Gas building, but now they’re starting fresh with a new, brighter structure.
The rebuild project began last week with Longhorn Construction building the footings in preparation for pouring the new foundation.
Feeny said the business will have the same footprint as the old building, with 4,000 square feet.
“It will be better built . . . it will be made of insulated concrete forms (and a steel roof), which will be tougher to burn down.”
Feeny said the convenience store will be 2,200 square feet, featuring ice cream and a franchise coffee bar.
His goal is to open the new business by March of 2013.

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