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Holy S**t! Fire on the "Batman" Set

4/24/2007 2:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A fire broke out on the roof of a vacant former post office building in Chicago on Tuesday, where a movie crew had been filming scenes for the upcoming Batman sequel "The Dark Knight," starring Christian Bale. At least a dozen ambulances and fire trucks were on the scene (where's a superhero when you need one?!) just south of Chicago's downtown business loop.
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The crews had been filming there all week and letters affixed to the side of the old post office read: "Gotham National Bank."

When the fire first broke out, a witness said "We assumed it was part of the movie." Some special efx!

UPDATE: A producer for the film tells TMZ that no actors were in the area at the time. He says that the fire started in an airway duct that is used for a railway underneath the building, the sprinkler system was activated, and the building was evacuated.

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