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S42 E30: Summer Special: Return to Paradise

Residents of Paradise, California woke on the morning of Nov. 18, 2018, to find their quiet town overtaken by an uncontrollable wildfire. The fire would burn thousands of homes, businesses, schools and make it difficult to escape—resulting in 85 deaths. This Old House follows three families on their emotional journey as they rebuild their homes.

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On the morning of November 8, 2018, the 27,000 residents of Paradise, California woke to an orange glow in the Eastern sky, but it wasn’t the sun. The worst wildfire in the state’s history was heading towards them. By sunset, 85 people would be dead and 14,000 homes, about 90%, would be completely destroyed.

A year later, with the help of thousands of workers, Paradise is rebuilding. This Old House is there to find out why this happened, what can prevent future disasters, and to help. Kevin O’Connor, Tom Silva, Richard Trethewey, Jenn Nawada, and Mark McCullough meet three of the thousands of families determined to stay in Paradise. And they learn new building techniques that were literally tested under fire.

Original Air Date: Sep 23, 2021 Season 42; Ep.30 23:42

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