When a burst water pipe floods two entire floors of a downtown building, cleanup will never be an easy task. But in the case of the historic David Stott Building in Detroit, propane heaters made the enormous challenge more manageable. After the building’s two-story basement was flooded with 1.7 million gallons of water, crews brought portable propane heaters to the scene to pump hot air into the building. Local news videos show the heaters in action. Construction crews rely on propane-fueled temporary heat for a variety of construction and renovation applications, from keeping warm to thawing ice to curing concrete. Propane is available on short notice and can be stored on-site in storage tanks, so it’s a smart choice for emergency situations like a building flood.

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