Fatal Fires


This gripping documentary reveals the shocking truth about how easily house fires start – and how quickly they can kill. Three fatal fires are reconstructed to observe the deadly combination of human and scientific factors. One fire claimed the life of a volunteer fireman who fell asleep while preparing a meal; in another, two children died after ‘playing’ with fire.

“It should scare the living daylights out of some families,” says Greenstone MD John Harris. Fatal Fires reconstructs house fires, shows how and why people died … and conducts experiments which show many people are not prepared for the full fury of a house fire.


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Production Details

Producer: Cass Avery

Thanks to: Jonathan Shelley and the New Zealand Fire Service, The Mayfield Volunteer Fire Force, The Waiuku Volunteer Fire Brigade, The Tuakau Volunteer Fire Brigade, The Auckland Fire Police Unit, Silverdale Volunteer Fire Brigade, Alan & Ringo, Willie More

Exec producer: Andrea Lamb

Network exec: Jude Callen

Director: Robin Shingleton

Researcher: Torben Akel, Louise Callan, Diane Lindesay, Cass Avery

Writer: Robin Shingleton, Cass Avery

Editor: Simon Coldrick

Production manager: Tanya Pouwhare

Production assistants: Gemma Murcott, Sam Kenny

Camera: Andy Martin, Christian Dunn, Paul Richards, Robin Shingleton

Sound: John McNicholas, Craig Burton

Narrator: Robin Shingleton

3D Animations: Seven Visual Communications

Production accountant: Liz Goddard

Financial controller: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: TVNZ & NZ On Air