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Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?

Early reports are calling the fire that gutted three acres of Universal Hollywood's back lot an accident. However, it is unclear what caused the June 1 fire and whether the studios antiquated sprinkler system hampered the firefighters' efforts to save its famous tour relics, including its gargantuan "King Kong," and sections of the sets of "Back to the Future" and "Bruce Almighty."

Firefighters also fought valiantly to save video footage that was later determined to be copies of original videos of films dating to the 1920's.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has ordered an investigation into whether the lack of water power allowed the blaze to run out of control. Los Angeles County Fire Department officials insisted the "water pressure on the grounds was adequate."

Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?

The fire, which started at 4:45 a.m., burned two city blocks.

Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?

Flames shot more than 100 feet into the air.

Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?

Six buildings were destroyed and there was massive damage to the studio's video vault.

Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?

450 firefighters were on the scene, including firefighters from Los Angeles County and Burbank. Two Los Angeles City Fire Department helicopters were used to combat the blaze.

Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?

The blaze started in the "New York City Street" lot, which was often used to film exterior shots of Seinfeld.

Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?

The fire burned for more than 12 hours. It was finally extinguished at 10 p.m.

Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?

At times, firefighters were using 18,000 gallons of water a minute to douse the flames.

Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?

Fire officials say their efforts were also hampered by Universal's metallic roofs. The hot roofs made it impossible for firefighters to climb up on and battle the blaze on neighboring structures.

Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?

The park reopened at 10 a.m. this morning, June 2.

Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?

Nine firefighters and one sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries. No fatalities.

Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?

Damage is estimated in the millions.


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