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Off Topic: Universal On Fire

Cowboy X
06-01-2008, 08:08 AM
So far reports indicate that the film vault may also be involved. Obviously not good news at all. It is currently sowing live on Fox.

Type A
06-01-2008, 08:13 AM
Dont have fox, but found this:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) A Los Angeles fire official says a large fire is burning on a lot at Universal Studios.

Los Angeles fire Capt. Frank Reynoso says the blaze was reported just before dawn Sunday on a sound stage on a back lot. There are no immediate reports of injuries.

Reynoso says filming could have been going on at the time and that there has been at least one explosion.

He says the fire is contained to the back lot, and firefighters are working to ensure the flames don't spread to nearby brush. Helicopters are dropping water onto the burning structures.

About 100 city and county firefighters are helping studio firefighters tackle the blaze.

Joe_news
06-01-2008, 08:16 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/01/studio.fire/

Cnn - More than 100 Los Angeles-area firefighters are battling a large fire on a back lot at Universal Studios, fire authorities said.

Filming may have been going on at the time the fire broke out early Sunday on the Universal Studios back lot.

There were also reports of an explosion in the studio's adjacent amusement park, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Frank Reynoso.

The three-alarm blaze began about 4:45 a.m. PT (7:45 a.m. ET) Sunday and reportedly damaged two "prop" buildings, including a chapel, and a popular ride called the "Cyclone," Reynoso said.

"It will be awhile before we have it under control," he said.

Television footage showed the blaze burning through the roofs of structures at the park and large plumes of smoke.

Firefighters were dropping water on the blaze from helicopters. Video Watch footage of copters trying to douse the huge fire
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"We don't know what the cause of this is," Reynoso said.

Reynoso said he heard reports that filming may have been going on when the fire broke out.
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Damn :eek: :eek: :eek:

Lee Stewart
06-01-2008, 08:45 AM
From NBC News:

The blaze was reported in a sound stage on the studio backlot at about 4:45 a.m., and about 200 county firefighters were helping studio firefighters quench the blaze, which reportedly spread to the New York City streetscape.

At 6:45 a.m, it was reported that the film vault at Universal Studios was burning. Firefighters reported about a third of the building was in flames as they poured on water.

Firefighters at Universal Studios also reported that the King Kong exhibit was in flames, as well. Firefighters said the King Kong exhibit building was going to be a total loss and was expected to collapse, with flames more than 100 feet tall are shooting through the roof.

Several other buildings have been lost since the fire broke out on the back lot.

No injuries were immediately reported, said fire Inspector Darryl Jacobs.

County firefighters were hampered by explosions from propane tanks as they fought the fire, Jacobs said.

Two helicopters were dropping water, he said, adding that firefighters were attempting to keep the blaze from the film vaults.

The fire began during a film shoot, he said.

At least one sound stage and several other buildings were believed to have been lost within about 30 minutes.

Some park attractions have reportedly been damaged.

Firefighters were working to ensure the flames don't spread to nearby brush.

Farout777
06-01-2008, 12:33 PM
Update from CNN


LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A massive fire Sunday at Universal Studios destroyed the building housing the King Kong exhibit and damaged a video library vault, officials said.


Smoke billows Sunday from Universal Studios during a three-alarm fire.

1 of 2 The fire is still burning at the video vault, Los Angeles Fire Chief Douglas Barry said. Firefighters have contained the blaze, but not extinguished it, officials said.

Ron Meyer, the studio's president, said the motion picture vault was not affected.

Meyer also said a courthouse square set used in several movies, including "Back to the Future," was destroyed.

More than 400 Los Angeles-area firefighters are battling the fire in a backlot of Universal Studios, which is adjacent to the theme park.

A plume of gray smoke clouded the skies above Universal Studios more than three hours after the fire broke out early Sunday.

At least four or five structures were damaged or destroyed by the three-alarm blaze, a fire official told reporters on the scene.




Still not good, I'm sure they lost alotta made for tv video shows and much more.

hdtvjunkie
06-01-2008, 01:28 PM
Update from CNN


LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A massive fire Sunday at Universal Studios destroyed the building housing the King Kong exhibit and damaged a video library vault, officials said.


Smoke billows Sunday from Universal Studios during a three-alarm fire.

1 of 2 The fire is still burning at the video vault, Los Angeles Fire Chief Douglas Barry said. Firefighters have contained the blaze, but not extinguished it, officials said.

Ron Meyer, the studio's president, said the motion picture vault was not affected.

Meyer also said a courthouse square set used in several movies, including "Back to the Future," was destroyed.

More than 400 Los Angeles-area firefighters are battling the fire in a backlot of Universal Studios, which is adjacent to the theme park.

A plume of gray smoke clouded the skies above Universal Studios more than three hours after the fire broke out early Sunday.

At least four or five structures were damaged or destroyed by the three-alarm blaze, a fire official told reporters on the scene.




Still not good, I'm sure they lost alotta made for tv video shows and much more.I'm sure they have had to loose some videos but I'd rather them loose some film than anybody getting seriously hurt or worse.

kamspy
06-01-2008, 01:49 PM
Thankfully no one was hurt. Firefighters again have proven to be America's greatest public servants.:bowdown:

Now, if The Good Shepard film was lost in the fire, or the newer seasons of Scrubs, we'd have even more to be thankful for.

Liquidx
06-01-2008, 04:17 PM
I just read a report stating that all the damaged reels can be replaced since they store copies of all of them in a different location.

But whats more important is that no one was seriously injured in this blaze.

EDIT:

But Universal officials said that they were thankful no one was seriously injured at the theme park and that the damaged footage can be replaced.

"We have duplicates of everything," said NBC Universal President and Chief Operating Officer Ron Meyer. "Nothing is lost forever."

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20080601/Studio.Fire/

mshulman
06-01-2008, 05:02 PM
I just read a report stating that all the damaged reels can be replaced since they store copies of all of them in a different location.

But whats more important is that no one was seriously injured in this blaze.

Yeah, I would think they would have duplicates stored. I'm more surprised though they wouldn't have them in a fireproof building. There are plenty of options for storing stuff like that to all but eliminate the chance a fire would destroy them.

And as others noted - glad noones hurt.

I guess the studio tour won't look quite the same after they clean things up.

borromini
06-01-2008, 06:05 PM
...I guess the studio tour won't look quite the same after they clean things up.Maybe they'll decide to not clean it up right away and do retro tours of the "Towering Inferno"...wait...that was 20th Century Fox...nevermind. :o

Glad to hear no one was hurt.

Joe_news
06-01-2008, 06:54 PM
Thankfully no one was hurt. Firefighters again have proven to be America's greatest public servants.:bowdown:

Amen!

I'm glad no one died and no film was actually lost, just a vault which has backups. I'm a huge history preservationist and it would suck to loose stuff that showed what we made [even if it was lame] for future generations to see/study. To bad about the Back to the Future set though, but again...I bet the have the original designs and could rebuild if they wanted to.

1080PsF
06-01-2008, 07:17 PM
I was up on the hill above Universal watching the fire and I was talking to a cameraman from NBC and he said that one firefighter was hurt. From a window at my work I can see three towers from the remote trucks over at Universal.

I think my company may get some of the dub work for making the copies of the 40,000 to 50,000 lost tapes. They have protection masters located at another place.

Lee Stewart
06-01-2008, 10:23 PM
Thankfully no one was hurt. Firefighters again have proven to be America's greatest public servants.:bowdown:

Now, if The Good Shepard film was lost in the fire, or the newer seasons of Scrubs, we'd have even more to be thankful for.

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A pressurized cylinder exploded at Universal Studios on Sunday, injuring two firefighters as they tried to fight a blaze that began earlier in the day, Los Angeles authorities said.

There were no reports of filming at the time the fire broke out early Sunday on the Universal Studios back lot.
3 of 3more photos Eight other firefighters were injured in the fire, which was expected to be contained by 4:15 p.m. (7:15 p.m. ET), said Ron Haralson, an inspector with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/01/studio.fire/index.html

KEEBS1984
06-02-2008, 12:14 AM
Thankfully no one was hurt. Firefighters again have proven to be America's greatest public servants.:bowdown:

Now, if The Good Shepard film was lost in the fire, or the newer seasons of Scrubs, we'd have even more to be thankful for.

The Good Shepherd was one of my favorite films of 2007. It was masterful and is one of those movies where each time you re-watch it you see someting new and figure something else out. A bit dry at times, but I prefer those types of movies really. :o

Also Scrubs isn't an NBC show, it's just on NBC. The show is fully owned and produced by Disney/ABC I believe. :p

P.S. Glad to know there were no major injuries or film destruction.

Joe_news
06-02-2008, 12:29 AM
Apparently 10 firefighters were injured and 400 total were called to put out the fire. Found a really good local video news report: http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=4226712&cl=8092661&src=news

MikeRox
06-03-2008, 05:51 AM
Thankfully no one was hurt. Firefighters again have proven to be America's greatest public servants.:bowdown:

Now, if The Good Shepard film was lost in the fire, or the newer seasons of Scrubs, we'd have even more to be thankful for.

Isn't Scrubs Disney/Buena Vista/Touchstone? :what:

I still ain't seen The Good Shepherd :lol: you really do love it tho, wonder if they were storing PAramounts final HD DVD titles there such as Things we lost in the fire?:what:

The_Omega_Man
06-03-2008, 02:41 PM
This is not where they were storing all of the as of yet unfinished, HD DVDs was it? :D

kamspy
06-03-2008, 07:30 PM
This is not where they were storing all of the as of yet unfinished, HD DVDs was it? :D

If it was, I'm sure we will get a thread from Lee about the BDA paying for the arson.

Lee Stewart
06-04-2008, 03:19 AM
If it was, I'm sure we will get a thread from Lee about the BDA paying for the arson.

Is that supposed to be funny Kam?

PS: too bad you didn't stay up with the thread. You posted that no one was injured and that was a lie . . 10 firefighters were injured.

hatt
06-04-2008, 11:51 AM
Is that supposed to be funny Kam?

PS: too bad you didn't stay up with the thread. You posted that no one was injured and that was a lie . . 10 firefighters were injured.
So you are saying that he knew firefighters were injured and wrote that they were not? Otherwise it would not be a lie.:helpme