BURN is an action-packed documentary capturing a year in the lives of Detroit ﬁreﬁghters who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead.
Fireﬁghters have an up-close view of the best and worst in any city. This is especially true for Detroit.
Detroit is a picture of American industrial cities in a post-industrial age: One foot in a prosperous past, struggling to survive in a changing economy. Since 1950, racial tensions and vanishing industry have cut Detroit’s population in half from 1.8 million,
leaving behind 80,000 abandoned structures, or kindling, as the ﬁreﬁghters call it. The result is a dying city with one of the highest arson rates in the world.
Los Angeles, a city of 4 million people, sees 11 structure ﬁres per day. Compare that to Detroit, which has 713,000 residents and 30 structure ﬁres a day.
Because, in Detroit, social problems manifest themselves in one way – FIRE.