Best of the Bronx: Bronx native Vivian Vazquez to debut documentary 'Decade of Fire'

The film focuses on a period when rampant fires destroyed much of the borough in the 60s and 70s.

The film focuses on a period when rampant fires destroyed much of the borough in the 60s and 70s. (9/23/08)

THE BRONX - A new documentary will show how the Bronx declined during a period of rampant fires in the 60s and 70s.

Bronx native Vivian Vazquez's film "Decade of Fire" is filled with archived footage of flames, smoke and rubble in a 10-year period when she had to watch her own quiet community fall into shambles.

Vazquez says the documentary shines a light on how city funding cuts and policy changes led to a drop in firehouses, building maintenance and other services during the time.

The filmmaker hopes the video, combined with interviews from tenants who stayed through the turmoil, will change the stigma that Bronx residents were to blame for the fires.

"Decade of Fire" will be released in 2014.
 

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