Imagine working on a building for an entire year, only to come to your jobsite and find that it had burned to the ground. That was the reality for a construction crew in Oakland last week, when a massive five-alarm fire started overnight and completely destroyed all of their hard work.
At the time of the fire, about 80% of the work had been completed on the 41-unit residential building, according to NBC4 Los Angeles. The reported $6-million project caused a bit of a controversy in the neighborhood when it was approved, as tenants of the existing properties on the site had to relocate to make way for the new building.
It’s currently unclear what started the fire, but thankfully no one was injured, as no workers were on site at the time. The fire also did not spread to neighboring houses, which was a huge relief for firefighters and the nearby residents. It’s reminiscent of a 2014 Houston apartment complex, in which a small fire grew into a massive fire and engulfed the entire $50 million project. AN incredible video was released of a worker, who was trapped on the 5th floor and had to swing himself onto a 4th floor balcony to avoid the growing flames. You can watch that video by clicking here.
CBS SF Bay Area shared raw video footage of the fire and it’s super intense. Below the raw footage, you can check out some news footage from The CBS news team.
Full story: 'Huge Balls of Flames' Rips Into Oakland Construction Site | NBC4
A construction crane that was working on a highway widening project in St. Martin Parish in Louisiana collapsed onto the adjacent roadway last week, injuring one driver.
Demolition by implosion videos are always fun to watch. Adding an element of water makes them even more dramatic, though it’s probably not great for the ecosystem. Late last week, a one mile long, 23 year-old bridge in China was imploded in front of a crowd of spectators and caught on camera.
Cranes are an extremely useful and important piece of equipment on the majority of construction sites. They can also be extremely dangerous if they are not understood or respected.
As the US is experiencing our own natural disaster, by way of Hurricane Florence, China is being hit badly by a Typhoon Mangkhut. According to Independent, the storm has caused a crane, which was being used on a 22-story housing development, to crumble. That collapse was caught on camera by neighbors.
There have been a few devastating structural collapses across America and the world this year. In March, an under construction pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida, killing 6. In Colombia, ten workers were killed when a large section of a bridge being built collapsed. Both of those tragedies happened while the structures were still being built, but a recent collapse in Texas has a bit of a different story.
If you’re a general contractor in the Davie, Florida area, I have an idea why one of your deliveries might have been late last week.
On Monday morning, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that was being prepped for demolition suddenly collapsed, injuring one Project Manager that was struck by debris.
In January of 2018, ten construction workers were killed and another eight were injured when a bridge spanning the Chirajara canyon in Columbia partially collapsed. That collapse has since been blamed on a poor design, reports have stated. Last week, the remaining sections of the bridge were demolished in dramatic fashion.
A 47 year old crane operator is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident after driving a truck mounted crane into several vehicles on the Long Island Expressway in New York.