Fire Strikes Universal Backlot, No Injuries Reported

The building was unoccupied

A fire erupted Thursday on the Universal backlot, hitting a three-story building near the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Cahuenga Boulevard.

According to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, a report came in at noon that there was a fire on the lot. Fifty-five firefighters fought the blaze.

Upon arrival, the firemen noticed that smoke was billowing from the penthouse of the building.

It was a building already set for demolition, so it was unoccupied and no injuries were reported to either civilians or firefighters.

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The fire was knocked down within an hour, but the cause has not yet been ascertained.

Universal has issued the following statement:

"There was a small fire in one of our unoccupied buildings near Lankershim and Cahuenga where demolition work is taking place. The fire was contained in the ducting of a small structure on the roof of the building. We have LA County, LA City and Burbank Fire on scene."

Fires at the backlot are a part of Universal's history, the most damaging of which came in 2008, when the King Kong attraction was affected.