Update: Three-Alarm Fire at Universal City Backlot


KNBC is reporting that a fire broke out at Universal Studios’ backlot early this morning that brought 200 local firefighters and two helicopters carrying water to the studio’s famous backlot to try to quell the fire before it reached the studios’ film vaults.

The fire broke out at a soundstage where filming was taking place early in the morning–they’re not reporting what was being shot there but we have a few ideas–and quickly spread to the backlot where the famed New York City streetcape caught on fire.

The fire looks to have destroyed the streetscape, a set from Back to the Future, the King Kong exhibit and a video vault containing more than 40,000 videos and reels. The fire has now been contained.

Officials say the iconic courthouse square from Back to the Future, has been destroyed, and the famous clocktower that enabled star Michael J. Fox’s character to time travel has been damaged.

NBC Universal President and Chief Operating Officer Ron Meyer says 40,000 to 50,000 videos and reels were damaged in the video vault, but there are duplicates in a different location.

The MTV Movie Awards are still expected to air live from Universal City tonight.

A live stream of the fire can be watched here.