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Contractors break ground on first Chico home rebuilt after Camp Fire

Contractors have officially broken ground on rebuilding the first home in Chico after the Camp Fire.

Posted: Apr 29, 2019 9:44 AM
Updated: Apr 29, 2019 5:39 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Contractors have officially broken ground on rebuilding the first home in Butte County after the Camp Fire.

The groundbreaking began after 9:15 a.m. on Monday, April 29.

The home being built is located at 1500 Oak Ridge, Chico. 

Contractors poured concrete at the stem walls and foundation for the home on Monday. 

"Its a blessing now to get it to bring the house back and were real excited to rebuild it," said homeowner Steve Moreland.

Moreland lived in his Chico home off Skyway for five years before the Camp Fire completely ravaged his home. RW Hawkings Construction is the first to break ground on a burned Camp Fire home in Chico.

"This is so inspirational its really incredible were so excited to watch as they poured the footing for the first house thatll be rebuilt in the county," said Casey Hatcher, Butte County PIO.

She goes on to say, "rebuilding can seem daunting and almost insurmountable but this type of rebuilding just gives the community inspiration."

Butte County has received 40 permits for rebuild applications and has already issued two.

Moreland and his wife Carol originally expected to be in their home by Thanksgiving but now they hope to move back in as soon as 4 to 5 months.

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