New York, New England Destroyed in Fire

A massive fire has destroyed New York City and New England. Or, at least familiar movie sets depicting those locales.

Universal Studios Fire Studio A large fire raged on a back lot at Universal Studios on Sunday, devouring several movie sets and the theme park’s King Kong attraction, officials said. The King Kong exhibit is a stop on the studio’s tram tour where the giant ape bellows at passengers and artificial banana scent fills the area, studio spokesman Eliot Sekuler said.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Daryl Jacobs said at least one building had burned and as many as three blocks of movie facades were destroyed. Two mock New York and New England streets used for movie making and tourist displays were “a total loss,” he said. Though the fire was contained, it was still raging, Jacobs said.


Some of the more familiar attractions on the back lot are the clock tower from the “Back To The Future” movies and the house featured in “Psycho.” Scenes from several blockbuster films and television shows have been filmed at the studios, including “War of the Worlds,” “When Harry met Sally” and “Scrubs.”

Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.

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  1. Dave Schuler says:

    If Griffith or DeMille were still alive, they’d’ve have cameras out in the midst of the fire shooting footage to be used in later movies.

  2. The town square from “Back to the Future” was burned in 1990 and rebuilt. It currently appears as the square in the television show “Ghost Whisperer”, I believe.

  3. DL says:

    After looking at the headline I worried that Hillary and obama would come back looking for superdeligates that survived.