UPDATED, writethru: A fire that broke out late last night at Warner Bros’ historic Leavesden studios just outside London and took 15 hours to extinguish has damaged the the set of HBO’s Avenue 5, the space comedy from Veep creator Armando Iannucci.
Emergency services put out the sizable fire this morning UK time. The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, but there were no injuries as the set was not being used at that hour. A spokesperson for the studio said no other sets were impacted, and public studio tours were taking place as usual.
“On behalf of the entire cast and crew of Avenue 5, I want to thank the firefighters who’ve been working tirelessly throughout the night to keep everyone and everything safe,” Iannucci said Thursday. “I send my thoughts to the residents in the area who were disturbed by the night’s events. It was a beautiful set but everyone’s safety is the main priority. The season is near completion and everyone is determined to carry on.”
HBO said Thursday that two episodes still need to be completed on the series, which stars Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Zach Woods and Nikki Amuka-Bird.
“The fire at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden has affected one of the sets of HBO’s Avenue 5,” the network said. “Production continues as the producers and writers assess the best plan to complete filming of the final two episodes of the series. We echo Armando Iannucci’s praise for the firefighters who brought this situation to a safe conclusion.”
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Created, written and executive produced by Iannucci, who directed the pilot, Avenue 5 is space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future.
Fire and rescue crews were called to the film studios in Hertfordshire, just outside London, late last night UK time. The studio is well known as the home of the Harry Potter franchise and has also housed James Bond movies, the Fast and Furious franchise and Mission: Impossible movies.
“The Chief Fire Officer has confirmed that the fire which occurred on one of our sound stages, being used by the television production Avenue 5, has been fully extinguished.” the studio said later Thursday. “Our principal concern is always people’s safety and we would like to thank Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Services for all their hard work in containing the situation. All productions were able to continue working and the Studio Tour was unaffected.”
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