Universal Studio's (CA) Ablaze



A huge fire is engulfing the movie sets of General Electric Co.'s Universal Studios in California. The fire started just before dawn (about 4:45 a.m.) this morning at a back lot soundstage.

The "Back to the Future," set, the "King Kong" exhibit and a large video vault of over 40,000 tapes and reels have been destroyed along with five buildings and a soundstage. As many as three blocks of movie memorabilia were damaged.

Universal Studios Hollywood and CityWalk, are located north of Los Angeles and less than an hour from Disneyland.

The fire did not affect CityWalk's theaters, restaurants, clubs, shops or the Gibson Amphitheater, Sheraton Universal or Universal Hilton Hotels operations.

Los Angeles County fire Captain Frank Reynoso says the fire on the 400-acre property has been contained.

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