Fire

In a short, two-minute YouTube video uploaded by the Wall Street Journal in 2014, a worker is seen barely escaping unharmed from a fire in a wood-framed apartment building under construction in Houston, Texas. He stands on the edge of a fifth-floor balcony, frantically waving his arms, in desperate hope for a rescue.

ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) The utility blamed for a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in September has agreed to pay $80 million to three communities to cover road repairs and other associated costs of the disaster, officials announced May 7.

LOS ANGELES (AP) The conflict between the need for more housing in California and the danger of building in fire-prone mountains was decided in favor of homes on Dec. 11 as Los Angeles County supervisors approved a massive rural housing development. The supervisors voted 4-1 to approve a 19,000-home project amid a statewide housing shortage, high rents and a very visible homelessness crisis even as recent wildfires have drawn attention to the danger of building in rural terrain that rings California's urban areas.

Case Construction Equipment and heavy equipment dealer Titan Machinery, donated the use of skid steers and compact track loaders for wildfire cleanup in Costilla County, Colo. as part of Operation Freedom Fire. The Spring Creek Fire spread to more than 100,000+ acres this summer — 70 Team Rubicon volunteers logged almost 4,000 service hours and saved the local community an estimated $115,000 in cleanup efforts.

A paint striping machine caught fire on a Texas road, causing a shutdown of the road Oct. 2. Twenty-three police units were called to the scene on Northwest Loop 820 around 4:15 a.m. where the burning machine sat in the westbound lane, the Star-Telegram reported.

A fire at a construction site caused the Statue of Liberty to be evacuated on Aug. 27. Firefighters worked for two hours to put out a blaze after a propane tank caught fire at a construction site on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, CBS News reported.

CAIRO (AP) — A fire broke out on April 29 at the building site of the new Egyptian museum — the future site of some of the country's most unique and precious artifacts — but caused no significant damage or injuries, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said.

In an announcement that indicates how a natural disaster can affect roadways for years, the Oregon Department of Transportation told the public to be ready for two weeks of delays on U.S. 395 south of Canyon City for special tree-clearing work. ODOT said its crews plan to bring down “hundreds of hazard trees” along the highway that were damaged by the 2015 Canyon Creek Complex Fire.

When disaster strikes, the construction industry is notorious for pulling together and helping communities get back on their feet. Among hurricanes, floods and wildfires alone, 2017 saw more than its share of natural disasters. But after each one, industry leaders jumped in, first to demolish the damage, and then to rebuild, helping to make the affected areas even stronger than before.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials announced the immediate availability of $1 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help begin repairs on roads and bridges in Oregon damaged by wildfires that began last July.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials today announced the immediate availability of $1 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help begin repairs on roads and bridges in Oregon damaged by wildfires that began last July.