This documentary follows Detroit firefighters as they battle an ever growing problem, arson in vacant houses. After Detroit firefighter Walter Harris was killed on November 15, 2008 and NPR ran a story about it, that was it. A story had to be told and PBS helped to fund a 10 minute trailer about this ever growing problem.
Burn is a feature documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of the firefighters themselves who are charge with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. Since 1950, racial tensions and vanishing industry have cut Detroit's population in half from 1.8 million, making it a housing market horror story and leaving behind 80,000 abandoned homes.
Detroit has one of the highest arson rates in the world, seeing about 30 structure fires a day. Burn follows the crew of Engine Company 50, one of the busiest firehouses in America. These firefighters are clearly not doing this for money, as salaries start low and there've been no raises in 10 years. Burn tells the story of these exceptional individuals who, despite challenges, believe in their city and want to make a difference every day.
Watch the trailer:
BURN Theatrical Trailer from BURN on Vimeo.
Buy your own copy of BURN, here.
Available in Blu-Ray.