01 June 2008

fire sweeps universal studios back lot

huffington post excerpt:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — A massive fire raged on a back lot at Universal Studios on Sunday, devouring several movie sets, including mock New York and New England streets. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Daryl Jacobs said at least one building had burned and as many as three blocks of movie facades were destroyed. Though the fire was contained, it was still raging, Jacobs said.

"The facades are constructed of heavy timber and they tend to burn quite freely," he said.

The blaze broke out just before dawn on a sound stage, fire Capt. Frank Reynoso said. There was at least one explosion. A thick column of smoke rose thousands of feet into the air. For a time, firefighting helicopters swept in to drop water. ~ read more