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Universal Studios Blaze Caused by Roofing Workers
An early morning fire that caused millions of dollars of damage to the back lot of Universal Studios in California was likely caused by roofing workers, fire officials have announced.
The fire was reported by a security guard at 4:43 a.m. Sunday. Earlier, workers had been using a blowtorch to heat asphalt shingles to apply to the roof. They finished at about 3 a.m. and stood watch for an hour before taking a break.
The fire started on a streetscape of New York brownstone façades and destroyed the King Kong attraction, the courthouse square from the movie "Back to the Future," a streetscape featured in the "Spider-Man" and "Transformers" movies and a building housing 40,000 to 50,000 videos, though it was reported there are duplicates of everything that was lost.
Low water pressure appeared to hamper efforts to put out the fire, which burned for more than 12 hours.