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Work Begins to Restore Bull City's Famous Smokestack

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DURHAM, N.C. — A chimney company known for moving the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is working to save another piece of history.

Restoration work has begun on the signature Lucky Strike smokestack standing above the American Tobacco plant on the edge of downtown Durham.

Crews erected a circular platform near the rim of the 180-footsmokestack Tuesday. The work will reinforce the chimney asrenovations turn the old cigarette factory into offices and shops.

The International Chimney Corporation will handle the eight-weekjob. The company also handled the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move in1999.

Officials say the top seven feet of the smokestack will have tobe torn off and rebuilt. Aging and weather have caused extensivedeterioration at the top. Several cracks running through the bodyof the smokestack will also be repaired.

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