July 30, 2006

Fire sweeps through James Bond film studios in UK

LONDON (Reuters) - A large fire broke out at the James Bond
film set at Britain's Pinewood studios on Sunday but no one was
believed to be hurt, the fire brigade said.

"It's a large one," a brigade spokesman said of the blaze
at the studios in Buckinghamshire, 20 miles outside of London.
"We've got about 40 to 50 firefighters on the scene."

He said flames had been seen from many miles away.

Television pictures showed smoke rising from a warehouse
with "007" written on the side. Part of the roof had collapsed
and the walls were blackened.

Firefighters were pictured spraying the building with foam
and water from the ground and from cranes.

The spokesman said the fire brigade had needed to ask the
police for help because so many people had gathered to watch
the fire and they could not reach the building.

Pinewood studios, set within a former country estate, have
been home to many James Bond films, although in recent years
more filming has been done on location to reduce costs.

A separate James Bond stage within the studios burned to
the ground in an accident in 1984 but it was quickly rebuilt
for future films.

A spokesman for the studio was unable to comment
immediately on the fire.