Developers of a condominium complex destroyed by fire say they will begin rebuilding as soon as possible.

Developers of a condominium complex destroyed by fire say they will begin rebuilding as soon as possible.

The Terraces on Walhalla, a $3.5-million luxury condominium development, burned Dec. 22 in a three-alarm fire that firefighters had difficulty combating because of freezing temperatures.

J.C. Hanks, of Walhalla Development Group, which owns the site at the corner of East Weber Road and North High Street, said he expects the complex to be rebuilt within 12 months. The development will not require any additional city permits before rebuilding, Hanks said.

The development, which consisted of three stories of 20 condo units above a street-level parking garage, was scheduled to be finished this spring. Seven of the condominiums -- ranging in size from 1,190 square feet to 1,770 square feet and in price from $194,000 to $378,350 -- already had been sold.

Hanks said the company is working with those who had already purchased units.

The cause of the fire remains unknown, said Columbus fire battalion chief Doug Smith.

Freezing temperatures and inclement weather prevented investigators from working on the site several times. Investigators also had to wait for heavy equipment to be used on the site to allow them access.

Smith said samples were taken from the site and sent to a lab for analysis. Until those results are received, he said, the investigation will remain open.

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