Inferno in Los Angeles is Burning Down Universal Studios.

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  1. tomthedude macrumors member

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    http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/06/01/studio.fire/?imw=Y&iref=mpstoryemail

    LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A massive fire Sunday at Universal Studios destroyed the building housing the King Kong exhibit and damaged a video library vault, officials said.

    The fire is still burning at the video vault, Los Angeles Fire Chief Douglas Barry said. Firefighters have contained the blaze, but not extinguished it, officials said.

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  2. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Looks like a big blaze, I hope no one was injured.

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  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    that blaze is huge, hopefully no one has been injured, good luck to the firefighters there, doesn't seem like an end is in sight last i heard
     
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    Right, and be damned with the FF's that risk their lives to contain the blaze.

    Old film stock burns like a bitch. If the "vaults" have been breached by the fire it will be hard to stop it from destroying everything in the vault.
     
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    Gosh I hope the fire doesn't get into the film.. iJohnHenry is right, old celluloid film goes up really easy.
     
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    News is bad and all, but I've just noticed that news sites never display large resolution pictures. Even the BBC.
     
  8. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    Does anyone else see a grumpy old man in that smoke cloud?
     
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    That's because it's petroleum-based.

    You know the old saying, "Never pour water on a gasoline fire!!"
     
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    I feel bad, expect they said the have dups of the films that got destroy so that is good
     
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    Yes i do!

    Puffy cheeks like a dog!!! Strange!
     
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    Did you check photo #4. :eek:

    And that's in full daylight.
     
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    Saw it this morning at 5:30. It had some weird glowing effect to it. Tried figuring out what it was when I finally heard that it was the film vault at universal studios I could only imagine all the film and plastic case chemicals burning that could give it that glowing effect. That should help out the air quality.
     
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    Did they lose the master negatives or the copies. They said something like 50,000 pieces of film were lost, including I love Lucy.
     
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    It's been burning for something like 18 hours now!
     
  16. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    and so far 3 fire fighters have suffered minor injuries.
     
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    Now that is a shame, I Love Lucy was, and still is, a great show.

    That is incredible, it is hard to imagine the blaze lasting that long.
     
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    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-production2-2008jun02,0,2024816.story
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    The fire is mostly or completely out now. Universal Citywalk, a popular evening area, was never cleared to reopen today, but the whole park should be open tomorrow.

    A number of sets burned, but the famous "Back to the Future" lot was spared this time. A previous fire, 1990 I think they said, caused them to add fire-protection systems to the sets they rebuilt, but this fire overwhelmed even those protections, apparently due to lack of water pressure.

    The neighborhood around Universal Studios had smoke and a bad smell, from thousands of videotapes that burned. The main vault of film negatives was not affected.
     
  20. bbbensen macrumors 6502

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    Im going there this Christmas. I hope its all fixed....:(
     
  21. rt_brained macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure they'll be working overtime in order to restore New York Street and Courthouse Square, but the King Kong exhibit is old enough that they may decide to develop an entirely new concept to replace it.
     
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    this is not the theme park

    its where the actual movies are filmed
     
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    Still speculative, but preliminary estimates are 40,000 to 50,000 copies of video lost in the fire.

    I haven't heard for sure, but the video assets may have been largely dub masters used for fulfilling dub requests from their domestic and international client TV stations who broadcast Universal's many syndicated TV shows. If that's the case, then no, master copies would not have been housed in the same location—specifically for this type of scenario, but they will be busy for quite some time creating replacement dub masters.
     
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    Hmm.. methinks you may have a possible reason for the fire -- job security, hmm..
     
  25. garybUK Guest

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    Films from hollywood are so bad at the moment anyway, no doubt they will turn this into a film.... at least it will be the first that's not a sequel or a remake of another film :p
     

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