This astonishing helmet camera footage of firefighters battling a house fire is from Burn, an upcoming documentary about the struggles of Detroit’s firefighters. The Detroit Fire Department faces one of the highest per capita arson and fire rates in the world. The film is directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez. They are raising funds on Kickstarter in order to finish the film for a 2012 release.
BURN is a documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of its firefighters, who risk their lives to save a city that many have written off as dead. Detroit firefighters have a front-line look at issues many American cities are just beginning to face. Along with the foreclosure boom, arson fires in Detroit have skyrocketed. The reasons vary: Homeowners desperate to get out from under mortgages, gangs and drug dealers out for revenge, bored teens failed by the education system. The end result is a city struggling to cope with one of the highest per capita arson and fire rates in the world.