Fire On Universal Backlot: No Injuries

UPDATE, 6:28 PM: Talk about deja vu. Fire broke out in a construction area atop the former Technicolor building Thursday afternoon at Universal Studios. Workers were cutting and handling ductwork when sparks ignited insulation material, according to a Universal spokeswoman. The blaze was extinguished quickly and damage was confined to the construction “shed” on the roof of the building near the intersection of Lankershim and Cahuenga. No injuries were reported. The building is unoccupied and undergoing internal demolition prior to eventual re-purposing.

PREVIOUSLY, 5:23 PM: Fire erupted in a three-story building on the Universal Studios backlot Thursday afternoon. CNN reported that 55 firefighters responded and the fire was knocked down by about 1 pm. No injuries were reported. The building was “under demolition,” fire officials said. Cause was unknown. A 2008 fire destroyed several locations over four acres and 13 “blocks” including the New York street sets. Those were restored and reopened in summer 2010.

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