Film focuses on CFD recovery after Sofa Super Store fire

Sofa Super Store Fire on June 18, 2007 (Courtesy: WCIV)

By Sonya

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's been almost six years since the horrific Sofa Super Store fire that killed nine Charleston firefighters. Since then, the Charleston Fire Department has been making changes and improvements.

A new documentary, titled title is "Charleston 9: The Ultimate Sacrifice," focuses on the recovery of the Charleston Fire Department. It was released on Wednesday.

Its focus is the road to recovery after that deadly fire on June 18, 2007.

"It was such a significant event and I think what the video shows is just how far a department that is willing can go in correcting maybe some issues that it has had and in looking at practices and actually working on changing those practices," said Charleston Fire Department Chief Karen Brack.

There have been a lot of changes thanks to the hard work of so many.

"I think it is top to bottom that there are so many people in the organization that are committed to seeing the Charleston Fire Department become the best in the nation," said Brack.

The documentary was put together to show the department's ability to recover, but it also served as a tribute to those that lost their lives and to the late Fire Chief Carr who recently passed away.

"As for the public, there is an inspirational story here," said Dave Statter of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. "Imagine this fire department torn apart and being able to recover. Imagine a fire chief with Parkinson's being able to not only deal with his disease, but lead this department."

The hard work over the past six years boils down to two things, Brack said.

"Better service for our customers and firefighter safety, those are the commitments that we make," Brack said.

And Brack hopes that the improvements continue in the future and that progress is being made every day.

The documentary will air on ABC News 4 on June 18, the sixth anniversary of the fire.

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