UPDATE: Universal Studios Fire, Nothing Irreplaceable Lost

The fire that broke out at Universal Studios early Sunday morning will not hamper a majority of the production work going on at the studio, despite it having damaged several standing outdoor sets.

“Tomorrow will be business as usual,” said the studio’s president and chief operating officer, Ron Meyer to the LA Times.

Destroyed or damaged in the blaze were Universal’s New York and New England sets which had been used in such films as The Sting, When Harry Met Sally and Clint Eastwood’s upcoming The Changeling. Also damaged was the courthouse square from the Back To The Future trilogy.
Also damaged was one building housing a video vault, with some 40,000 to 50,000 videos reportedly affected by the flames.

However, Meyer told Reuters news service that “nothing irreplaceable was lost.”

The fire started on the New York City Street set and was reported at 4:45 am. Nearly 500 firefighters from Los Angeles area fire departments responded to combat the blaze, which was brought under control after nearly 12 hours. Nine fire fighters and a deputy sheriff were injured, but their were no fatalities.

The Associated Press had this video of reactions from nearby homeowners-

Photos vis Reuters.

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