Universal Studios Fire SituationJune 2nd, 2008 - 2:36 am ICT by admin
Early morning today a fire at General Electric Co.’s Universal Studios in California destroyed five buildings and a soundstage. The fire also delayed the opening of the theme park. So far there have been no reports of any injuries.
One of the properties destroyed is a set from “Back to the Future,” the King Kong exhibit and a video vault containing more than 40,000 videos and reels.
Fox news reported Chief P. Michael Freeman as saying the so-called “deluge sprinklers” were built into the wooden sets after a disastrous fire swept through Universal Studios’ backlot in 1990.
“There is a series of deluge pipes inside the facades of the sets,” Freeman said at a news conference as flames continued to sweep through a warehouse, a quarter mile behind him.
“We are going to re-evaluate that and determine if it had any effect on the water pressure,” he said.
Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or Universal City Studios), a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is a major American motion picture company. Its production studios are located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California. Distribution and other corporate offices are based in New York City. Universal is the second longest-lived studio in Hollywood (Viacom-owned Paramount Pictures is the oldest by a month).