Documentary Highlights Plight of Detroit Firefighters

In the same week that the city’s fire commissioner created controversy in suggesting that abandoned buildings should be allowed to burn, the plight of Detroit’s firefighters took the spotlight in a documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival.

‘BURN: One Year on the Frontlines of the Battle to Save Detroit’ highlights the staggering problems facing Detroit firefighters. As NBC Nightly News details, the city has three times as many structure fires as Los Angeles, a city more than five times its size.

Filmmakers spent a year following the professional lives of a team on the city’s east side but needed funding to complete the project, reports ( A Kickstarter campaign raised the necessary money for post-production and actor Denis Leary signed on as an executive producer.

The documentary sold out the theater at TriBeCa for its premiere and has been featured on a national segment on NBC Nightly News:

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