The fire at Universal studios that destroyed video archives, damaged numerous sets and blemished the King Kong sector of the theme park tram ride was ruled an accident.
At a press conference on Monday, L.A. County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman said, “The investigation has ruled out any deliberate actions on the part of anyone.”
The fire was blamed on hot shingles, which two workers and a supervisor were using a blowtorch on the New York/New Jersey street set. The workers followed proper protocol and waited an hour to check for signs of fire before they left the set. It is not known whether they waited an hour before swimming after they ate.
At 4:43 a.m. on Sunday, June 1 (about 45 minutes after the workers took a break), a security guard noticed the fire on the backlot and called the fire department.
The fire spread over an area the size of two city blocks and took 200 fire fighters to keep it under control. It destroyed most of the New York City street location, a warehouse in which 40,000 videos were stored (which were backed up elsewhere on the site) and several famous sets including locations for To Kill a Mockingbird, Bruce Almighty and the famous clock tower set from Back to the Future.
Some conspiracy theories have already surfaced. Unconfirmed reports have surfaced that the fire was set by an unidentified crazy-haired old man in a white lab coat who was seen fleeing from the scene. An anonymous teenager on a hovering skateboard and a shaggy dog who asked to only be identified as “Einstein” report that the fire was accidentally set by this man during a failed attempt to time travel back to 1985.