Part of the backlot at Universal Studios in Hollywood has been destroyed in a fire which ignited on 1 June, caused by two workers who used a blowtorch to repair roofing.
Universal seems to be somewhat fire-prone as it has been hit by seven major fires since 1937, the most recent one being in 1997. Sunday’s fire took 12 hours to extinguish and destroyed the studio’s King Kong attraction, the New York and New England Street sets, elements of the Back to the Future set and a large videotape warehouse.
The studio re-opened on Monday and it was business as usual. In general, studios cause fire officials much concern given that the facade-like structures are highly flammable.