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Every day seven people die from residential fires in the US, and another 13,000 are injured each year. These statistics, while important, are only a small piece of America’s complex residential fire problem.
There are ripple effects to fire that the statistics don’t explain and the nightly news rarely covers. Once a home’s flames have been extinguished and TV reporters have turned their gaze elsewhere, there are real people left in a fire’s wake. Who are these people? What is their new normal, now that their lives have been forever transitioned by tragedy? We are about to give you a powerful look at the lingering effects of fire in America.
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Feike and Noelle van Dijk’s sense of normalcy was shattered when a home fire killed two of their children in 2014. Three years after the incident, the family gives a rarely seen look at the lingering effects of American home fires, which claim seven people each day and injure 13,000 yearly. What’s discovered during a trip to their hometown is a family reminiscent of the past, but changed by their loss.
Produced by the National Fire Protection Association in cooperation with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.