In Backdraft, the beginning of the film shows a firefighter (Dennis McCaffrey) killed while fighting a fire while his two young sons, Brian and Stephen witnessed it.

Brian and Steven are now adults and both firefighters. The fire inspector takes Brian to a parole hearing for known arsonist, Ronald Bartel. Ronald knows Brian's brother, Stephen as well as his late father.

BRIAN: Hey, do I know you?

RONALD: Your dad did.

BRIAN: Who the hell is this guy?

RONALD: (speaking to the fire inspector, whom he calls "shadow") Come on, Shadow. He lost his dad to the animal...and you didn't even tell him who he was coming to see? Tell him.

Ronald seemed to think that it was important that Brian knows who he is. Is there any evidence that Ronald started the fire that killed Dennis McCaffrey 20 years earlier?

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    Heh, I just saw it on TV a few days ago and wondered about the exact same thing. I don't know why I didn't ask it as a question. But thanks for doing so. – Napoleon Wilson Mar 21 '17 at 15:16

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