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Fire resistant home being built in Paradise

A new home being constructed on the ridge is one of the first in Paradise that is being built with fire resistant material.

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 5:42 PM
Updated: Oct 7, 2020 6:05 PM

PARADISE, Calif. -  A new home that is being constructed on the ridge is one of the first in Paradise that is being built with fire resistant materials.

It's located on Circlewood Drive and once its finished, it will have three rooms and two bathrooms. 

"This stuff is specifically made for fires," said David and Chenoa Rivera, who are real estate investors from Paradise. 

John Wright, who is helping to build the home says, "This will take up to 2900 degrees and it will not combust. It also will save the homeowner or business 65% of their energy costs right off the bat, from the day they walk in. These homes will last for 400 years easily."

The home is made of a lightweight concrete material. Action News Now spoke with one couple who lost everything in the Camp Fire, they say they plan to build with this fire resistant material as well.

Jerre and Michael Bates lost their home in the Camp Fire  back in 2018 but are currently working to rebuild on the ridge.

"I’ve always looked at these and wanted to build with this, we originally were going to do a modular, but we decided if we can do this, let's do this." said Jerre Bates. 

She and her husband Michael say they are excited to be able to rebuild in Paradise. 

"We want everyone to see this and to know that you don’t have to rebuild stick build, you can, but this stuff is made with the technologies that can withstand fires and if you’re going to live in an area that we know is going to have fires, you should think about using this material." said David Rivera.

The home is expected to be finished in two months, after that it will be up for sale.  It will cost around $379,000. 

For more information on David and Chenoa Rivera's business,  CLICK HERE. 

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