Name That Trauma CONFIRMATIONS :: Reader Simminy on “Another Man’s Family”


I can confirm that Tom P. from 3/12 and JLP from 2/10 are both haunted by the same vintage fire safety film as I am, which I learned today is called “Another Man’s Family.” Thanks to Kindertrauma, after 40 years I now know that I didn’t imagine it.

It’s available on YouTube, although the quality is extremely poor… but you can still watch the whole family drop dead one by one in their blazing home and then see the fire department rake the ashes of the kid’s toys in the morning.

Oh yes, perfectly suitable to show to a classroom of 10-year-olds in 1972.


Cool site!

— Simminy

AUNT JOHN SEZ: Thanks Simminy for finally putting the fire out on this lingering Name That Trauma. The video is available in three parts on YouTube (PART 1, PART 2, & PART 3), but as Simminy cautions, the quality is quite poor. I recommend muting the sound and playing “Burning Down the House.”

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Amazing Senski suspected “Another Man’s Family” in the comments on JLP’s initial Name That Trauma, but the video was not available on YouTube at the time of his posting. Thanks Senski!

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8 years ago

You know, I’m not sure I can watch this thing, even on blurry youtube. The trauma cuts so deep!!!

7 years ago

I don’t know about the quality (it might be the source of the YouTube video, who knows, not me), but Something Weird Video offers it on their “Health and Safety Scare Films Vol 6” DVD-R for ten bucks.

Tom P.
Tom P.
4 years ago

I have an update on that fire safety film. I found a copy of it that goes by the title “Fire Prevention in the Home” It is from 1967 and was produced by the US Air Force. It is around 25 minutes in length. It has clear sound and is in full color. The title “Another Mans Family” is a subtitle that is shown shortly after the films opening. I believe that this film was released twice. First by the Air Force and then thru the National Fire Protection Association. It is on YouTube and really drives home the importance of smoke detectors. Enjoy!