Universal Studios Hollywood Suffers Major fire

Bad news coming from Hollywood and the Los Angeles Valley as one of the major landmarks of the area is in process of burning down. The fire started around 5AM this morning and drew crews from all across the valley.

Five buildings currently reported lost as well as the New York City backlot. King Kong ride was destroyed as well as the video vault. The video vault contains the duplicates of the very important film vault which contains much of the history of Hollywood collected in movie tins on the original film.

Right now no surrounding businesses or houses are threatened. But there were lots of businesses located on the lot or in progress of filming. I wonder what was in production when the fire struck.

In 1990 the backlot area of USH burned down and smart thinking managers had film crews turn their cameras on the disaster to get some stock footage of a city burning. No word if the same thing happened with this fire.

King Kong has a Disney connection in that Bob Gurr designed Kong as part of his work at Sequoia Creative. Gurr wrote about his work on the Kong Attraction in this LaughingPlace.com column from 2004.

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