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Massive Fire at Universal Studios!

6/1/2008 9:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A huge fire has erupted at a sound stage at Universal Studios in Burbank.

UPDATE 9:14 AM PT: Hot time in the old town tonight! The MTV Movie Awards are set to go off today at Universal. An MTV rep tells us, despite the fire, "The areas we are utilizing for our production were unaffected and the 2008 MTV Movie Awards will go on as planned. We're working closely with authorities to make sure everything operates smoothly."

UPDATE: 7:04 AM PT: Captain Brown from LAFD has just said the fire is contained to four or five buildings on the back lot and that there are no injuries as of yet. There have been explosions during the fire due to propane tanks. They are trying to keep the fire from spreading to the outlying brush, and water supplies are low.

UPDATE 6:52 AM PT: The fire has gotten worse! A TMZ reporter says the fire just got a lot bigger, despite firefighters efforts.

UPDATE 6:26 AM PT: A TMZ reporter on the scene says the fire is being contained, as firefighters and helicopters continue to attack the blaze.

Story Developing ...

UPDATE: TMZ spoke with LA City Fire Department, who told us that although the fire is under LA County jurisdiction, they have sent roughly 40 companies to try and contain the blaze. The fire started around 4:45 AM PT on the New York sound stage, and is continuing to spread. There are no reports of injuries.
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1.

Lolita    

Bummer.

2231 days ago
2.

TLT    

20th Century Fox, Warners, Dreamworks, UA and the like are rubbing their hands together...

2231 days ago
3.

LongJohn69    

Universal has been in need of a "HOT" film but this isn't the way to do it.

2231 days ago
4.

I call Shotgun    

I wonder where Fiddy and his lady were at the time....?

2231 days ago
5.

Becky    

THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING I'M SO SORRY TO HEAR THIS NEWS THIS IS TERRIBLY TERRIBLY SAD.

2231 days ago
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carolyn    

Let's just hope and pray no one was in there or got hurt badly. So sad.

2231 days ago
7.

Jennifer A    



Hmmmm, did Brittney forget to put her cigarette out?

2231 days ago
8.

Illinois person    

Gosh, I hope nothing happens to "the Beaver's" home or 1313 Mockingbird Lane or the Clock Tower from Back To The Future.

2231 days ago
9.

Dixie    

That is horrible. I hope no one was killed or injured.

2231 days ago
10.

jen    

TMZ seems to be the only one covering this. Flipped thru all my TV channels and its just the normal Sunday infomercials, church etc. . This is awful - I work at Universal. by the way to comment #3 I doubt they are rubbing their hands together - these companies use the Universal back lot as do many other film companies in LA., to loose any film history is bad and relating this to 50cent - really....... crude

2231 days ago
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Masaki Takeda    

I hope no one is killed or injured. I will pray that it will be okay. Is it going to be closed for a while?

2231 days ago
12.

Hedy    

Very sad indeed. You can catch the fire live on cnn.com!

2231 days ago
13.

duanedude1    

Well, weren't they going to tear down the backlot anyway so they could build housing and condos, moving all production to another area? I believe they were even going to re-create some backlot areas (like Wisteria Lane for Desperate Housewives fans) elsewhere on the property. Now they may not have to clear the land of the old sets.

2231 days ago
14.

Mike    

Great. Now oil is gonna be $10.00 a gallon!!!

2231 days ago
15.

fma    

GOT SHARON????????????

2231 days ago
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