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Fire hits former Terminator 2 3-D building at Universal Studios Hollywood

Terminator 2 3-D poster
Terminator 2 3-D closed to the public on December 31, 2012, to be replaced by a new attraction.

A firefighter was hurt in the process of extinguishing a minor blaze in the former Terminator 2 3-D: Battle Across Time building at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Smoke began billowing from the building at around 1.15pm on January 23, 2013, with the fire being brought under control in around an hour. The firefighter suffered minor injuries, and none of the construction workers currently involved in converting the building to house a new attraction were hurt.

Some 15 Los Angeles Fire Department engines were sent to the scene of the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation. The fire is believed to have affected the second and third floors of the building, which formerly housed a large theater as well as a pre-show area.

In 2008, a section of Universal Studios Hollywood's famous backlot was destroyed in an inferno. The park has since invested in improved fire detection and extinguishing systems to try and prevent a repeat of the 2008 disaster, with a blaze in December 2011 having being quickly resolved.

The former Terminator 2 3-D building is widely expeced to be converted into a near-identical clone of Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, which opened at Universal Studios Florida in June 2012. Significant changes will be required to the building's interior, with Universal Studios Hollywood potentially using the new addition as a stop-gap attraction to pull in new guests while it constructs its own version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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