Fire destroys Kong attraction at USH*
Written by Gareth H
A fire is burning on the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood, destroying sets on the New York and New England streets. More than 300 firefighters have contained the fire from spreading into surrounding brush, but the first continued to burn within the studio complex Sunday morning.Tweet
A Universal spokesperson said that the theme park was to open Sunday, though the backlot Studio Tour would be affected. [Universal didn't open as originally announced, according to some messages I've received. - Robert]
Here's a photo gallery from the LA Times.
*Update: The fire destroyed the King Kong building within the Studio Tour, as well as the Back to the Future town square. The fire started in or near a soundstage near the New York brownstones. - Robert
Update 2: Old-timers will remember that the backlot has burned before. In the early 1990s, a security guard was imprisoned for arson after starting a fire that burned some the same locations that burned today. Locals, post your news in the comments. - Robert
Update 3: I talked with Debbie Park, a Universal spokesperson. She said that the Universal is planning to open the park at 10 am tomorrow (Monday), when all attractions - including the Studio Tour - will be open.
Park said that it is too early to tell all that has been damaged or completely destroyed by the fire. But, she said, from what they have been told from firefighters and others on the scene, Kong was destroyed.
Tomorrow, Universal officials will re-group, assess the damage and start the process of deciding what to do from here, and Universal will issue another statement once that process has begun, Park said. - Robert
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