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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:54 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

A week after a car crashed into her office building on U.S. Highway 190 and set it on fire, Yongok Madayag started the rebuilding process.

“We are doing good,” Madayag said. “We got insurance to take care of things.”

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of April 26 and resulted in the death of one man and fire damage to the building.

A newly erected fence now encircles the building and plywood covers shattered windows. Damages were estimated at about $200,000, Madayag said.

Five businesses — Hair Artist, Texas State Low Cost Insurance, Ann’s Nails, Tattoo U and Bonafide Realty — were displaced by the crash.

“This past week has been very frustrating for the tenants and myself,” Madayag said. “Some of my tenants have since relocated, and others, I had to relieve them of their (rental) contract.”

She said it will take at least six months to rebuild.

Texas State Low Cost Insurance and Hair Artist chose to relocate to Madayag’s other retail building at 185 W. U.S. Highway 190.

“The day after was really crazy as we began to work getting our salon back in order,” Tanja Orlando, owner of the Hair Artist. “We are very fortunate that our landlord has another property that once had a beauty shop in it that had been vacant.”

Orlando was able to salvage most of her shop supplies from the fire and only lost her “open” sign. Earlier this week, she finalized the move to her temporary space in Suite 1 of the new shopping center and making necessary adjustments to provide hair services to her customers.

She said they are still taking hair appointments at (254) 547-5239.

“We were very blessed to have the city work with us, and we had friends and customers that helped us,” Orlando said. “We couldn’t have done it without all that and it was really a blessing.”

Copperas Cove police Sgt. Julie Lehman said Wednesday the accident was still under investigation and the victim’s identity had not yet been confirmed.

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