Pinewood film studios erupts in flames

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Pinewood film studios erupts in flames

A commercial workshop at Pinewood Studios was destroyed in a huge fire last night which saw large plumes of smoke rise above the world-famous site.

The massive blaze raged for more than two hours in the 245ft by 65ft single-storey warehouse at the studios near the Buckinghamshire village of Iver Heath.

The fire, which the emergency services raced to at about 8.45pm and was finally under control shortly after 11.20pm, also damaged part of an adjacent building.

Crews from eight fire stations tackled the blaze with 11 appliances including four main jets, an aerial appliance, a turntable ladder and a thermal imaging camera.

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service officials said an investigation was today underway to determine the cause of the fire, which is currently unknown.

No one was harmed in the fire, and MailOnline has asked Pinewood to confirm what equipment was in the building – which crews said was '100 per cent' destroyed. 

The service said that 11 appliances were on the scene, including crews from Gerrards Cross, Langley, Slough, Beaconsfield, Hillingdon, Windsor, Hayes and Heathrow.

It added: 'One appliance and crew remain at the scene of a large fire which damaged 100 per cent of a single storey building used as a commercial workshop.

'They are using a thermal imaging camera and a hose reel jet to monitor and damp down hotspots. About 25 per cent of an adjacent building was also damaged.'

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A service spokesman continued: 'The firefighters used four main jets and an aerial appliance to tackle the fire.

'A Control Unit and six officers, as well as a thermal imaging drone provided by Thames Valley Police, supported the multi-agency response.

'South Central Ambulance Service were also in attendance, but no one was injured during the fire. The incident response was scaled back shortly after 11.20pm.

'Initially four appliances and crews remained on the site, including a turntable ladder. The crews used a thermal imaging camera to monitor for hotspots, which were damped down using a hose reel jet. 

'A fire investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.' 

Pinewood Studios has been home to the James Bond sound stage since 1976. 

A previous fire in July 2006 saw production on Daniel Craig's first Bond film Casino Royale ground to a halt. 

The stage also burnt down in June 1984, when director Ridley Scott's film Legend was being filmed.  

In 2019, three explosions on the set of Daniel Craig's last bond film No Time To Die left a crew member injured after a stunt went wrong.

A source said at the time: 'It was utter chaos. A fireball was supposed to go through the set. That was the stunt but something has gone horribly wrong. 

'There were three loud explosions, one after another, and a member of the crew was lying on the floor outside the building injured. The place is now on total lockdown.   

Reference: Harry Howard For Mailonline

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