6/3/08- Universal Studios Hollywood Backlot Fire Update - News and Photos
by, 06-03-2008 at 03:58 AM
Spent most of the day at Universal Studios Hollywood on Monday, which was fully open and had no effect due to the Major Fire that happened on the Backlot area on Sunday.
First, some news...
Fire officials have identified the cause of the fire, which was a total accident (unlike the Backlot fire in 1990, which was arson).
Also, Brady MacDonald from the Los Angeles Times reports that the King Kong attraction, which was destroyed by fire, will be replaced by a new attraction.
The dramatic Sunday blaze that destroyed portions of the Universal Studios Hollywood back lot was accidentally touched off by company employees using a blowtorch to heat asphalt roofing shingles, authorities said.
Los Angeles County fire officials said two workers and a supervisor were putting up shingles in an alley on the New York Street set. They finished at 3 a.m., spent an hour watching for any sign of fire, then took a break.
At 4:43 a.m., just as the crew was returning, a security guard saw flames and reported the fire.
Also, listening to KNX 1070 AM News Radio here in the Los Angeles area, a Fire official admitted that they caused all the opening delays, and the actual closure of the Theme Park on Sunday.
Universal Studios Hollywood officials said the “King Kong” attraction, a key element of the movie and television theme park’s back lot tram tour destroyed by Sunday’s fire, won’t be rebuilt and will be replaced with an all-new, yet-to-be-determined attraction.
Now, the photos...
The Beige Building in the Foreground was the former King Kong attraction.
An ironic shot from the pathway to the Tram Tour loading area
The side of the Famouse Courthouse Facade
Once again, Universal Studios Hollywood is operating normally, and all attractions are open.