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UGH: NBC's 'Chicago Fire' To Air Episode Inspired By Ghost Ship Fire


Just two months after the Oakland tragedy that occurred at the after hours arts venue known as 'Ghost Ship', NBC drama Chicago Fire is set to tell a television story inspired by the tragic incident that cost the lives of several Bay Area DJs and fans. Just three months after the incident, NBC is taking tacky to a whole 'nother level.

This article originally appeared on SFist

File under gross things that TV executives do: Oakland's barely two-month-old tragedy, the December 2nd fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse space that took the lives of 36 people, is already getting a ripped-from-the-headlines, scripted TV dramatization via the NBC show Chicago Fire. The Mercury News caught wind of the episode, titled "Deathtrap," which is set to air March 1 and has already been shot.

I repeat, a cheesy dramatization of the deadly fire will be airing less than three months from the date on which it took place.

Taking one of the most deadly structure fires in recent memory and turning it into weeknight TV tripe in such short order is obviously a crass and (almost) unbelievable move, but believe it. They even included the real-life detail of a law enforcement officer with a family member at the scene — inspired perhaps by 17-year-old Draven McGill, the youngest of the fire victims, who was the son of an Alameda County sheriff's deputy.

Here's the episode synopsis:

Truck and squad are called to aid in a massive all-city response when an old, ill-equipped factory-turned live/work space quickly turns into a firestorm, trapping countless unsuspecting victims. The dire situation quickly turns personal when it is discovered that one of Chicago PD’s own has a family member at the scene. With the rescued victims in need of serious medical attention, the doctors and nurses of Chicago Med are tested as the major influx of patients are brought through their doors. Meanwhile, in the aftermath, the building owner steps forward to cooperate with the ongoing investigation, but the situation takes a sudden and unexpected turn.

Friends and family of the victims, not to mention all decent people with souls, are likely to be outraged by this cheap stunt from Dick Wolf's production company, which has made a habit of taking real life crimes and turning them into procedural drama fodder on the Law & Order franchise


Read the full story by Jay Barmann at SFist

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