Film ID: YFA 41 Video of YFA_41 York Minster Fire YORK MINSTER FIRE 1984 Visitor TabsDescription On the night of 9th July, 1984, a fire broke out at the York Minster. This film includes images of the devastating blaze as well as scenes from the morning after as workmen begin to clear the debris. The film opens with images of the Minster on fire. Fire trucks arrive at the scene. The firemen fight the blaze throughout the night, but much of the South transept is destroyed. Fire trucks can be seen parked around the Minster with their emergency lights flashing, and eventually the flames engulf the roof causing it to collapse inwards. Just before sunrise, fire has still not been subdued, and one of the firemen can be seen spraying water from atop a large extended ladder. At daybreak, the fire begins to fade. There are exterior shots of the Minster including the Rose Window, other stained glass, and a large stone crucifix. Workmen begin to clear some of the debris, and large scaffolding is set in place. There are shots taken from a helicopter showing the aftermath, and some crowds have gathered the next day. Workmen clear the area separating out the remains of timber, glass, and metal work which can be salvaged for the later task of repair and restoration. Some of the damaged statues can be seen inside. The road has been closed near the Minster, and a large donation box has been set up in front to help raise money for the renovations. Context This perturbing short film conscientiously captures the horrific fire that ripped through York Minster in 1984. Although silent, the film’s colour pictures speak louder than words from the beginning. The camera flits between ground and aerial shots throughout as firefighters slowly gain control and extinguish the fire. The York Minster fire broke out in the early hours of 9th July 1984. It is thought that a lightning bolt was responsible for starting the fire that subsequently destroyed the south transept. Other possibilities such as arson and electrical faults have been discounted to a large extent. The fire caused £2.25 million worth of damage and it took 4 years to restore the building back to its former glory.