|Title ID||8389||Collection ID||1188|
|Theme||Early film in the South East Working Life|
|Keywords||Fire Services Houses Animals Children|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Firemen rescue a family trapped in a burning house in this 1901 film by James Williamson.
A policeman blows his whistle in alarm as smoke billows from a house window. He runs to Hove Fire Station and the firemen bring out ladders on carts to harness to the horses. They rush to the scene through empty streets. Back at the house a man wakes in a smoke-filled room, the curtains on fire. A fireman appears at the window and climbs inside the room, putting the fire out after the man has collapsed on the bed. He lifts the man over his shoulder and carries him out the window and down the ladder to safety. Firemen douse the flames below. Another brings out a young girl in a nightdress as the man gestures towards the house, taking her in his arms. The firemen bring out a large cloth to catch a man who leaps from the first floor window.
Shot on location, Fire! draws upon rescue narratives and the "fire drama" genre, explored in contemporaneous theatre productions, magic lantern performances, popular press as well as film.