Universal Studios burns

Jun 2, 2008 at 4:23 p.m. ET

Approaching the MTV Movie Awards at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, it was easy to tell something was amiss. Universal Studios was on fire.

Universal Studios burns, yet the awards continueBillowing black smoke plumed into the sky as the MTV Movie Awards went on as planned. Although the park was closed to the public, MTV went on with its celebration of all things Hollywood. As evidenced by the picture at right, Universal Studios had a disaster on their hands.

Many of the park's mainstays suffered a complete loss. The King Kong ride was razed to the ground leaving nothing but black, toxic smoke. The back lot that had served as a the locale for dozens of Hollywood classics, instead were now charred ruins.

The clock tower of "Back to the Future" was completely burned, although the news was not all terrible. Nobody was killed in the blaze and the Universal vault that contained prints of their film were able to be cleared out of anything irreplaceable before being completely destroyed.

It was a surreal scene. Normally surrounded by the likes of Tom Cruise and Charlize Theron will have that affect, but it was the sight of black smoke 30-yards wide shooting into the sky that was the image most ingrained from a visit to the MTV Movie Awards at Universal Studios.

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