Harry Potter Studio On Fire: Crews tackle blaze for 15 hours

Firefighters tackling blaze at Harry Potter studios. About 75 fire fighters from 18 crews are tackling the fire which first broke out at about 11.30pm last night. Hertfordshire County Council said: “The fire and rescue service were called to reports of a fire at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden in Hertfordshire at 11.29pm on Wednesday 10 July. Fifteen fire engines, plus support vehicles, are currently in attendance at the scene and crews are tackling a fire in one of the stages there.

“The set was not being used at the time of the fire. There are no injuries. The incident is ongoing.”

In a further update this morning, Hertfordshire County Council said the number of fire crews at the scene had swelled to 18.

A spokesman said: “Eighteen fire engines and support vehicles, are currently at the scene as crews continue to tackle the fire.

Smoke was seen billowing over the studios through the night and this morning, with a strong smell of smoke still in the air this morning.

Local roads have been closed while fire crews connect hoses to a nearby canal to boost water supplies.

In an update on Twitter, Hertfordshire Police said: “Police are closing Bridge Road in Leavesden at the junction of Watford Road, known locally as Hunton Bridge to assist Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue as firefighters run a hose from the canal to tackle a fire at Warner Bros.”

Warner Bros. Studios is the home of all eight Harry Potter films.

James Bond, Batman and Mission Impossible were also filmed there, as well as Oscar winning Darkest Hour and Bohemian Rhapsody.

The 80-hectare site is in Abbots Langley, near Watford, in Hertfordshire.

It is classed as one of the most state-of-the-art studios in the world.

About 6,000 people visit the site every day for the Harry Potter studios tour. Warner Bros. said the tours were not affected and were going ahead as normal.

Laura F. Nixon has been a journalist for newspapers, radio and online for a decade. She began her media career as an intern in the HeartFM newsroom while completing her journalism degree and later going on to report for several UK newspapers. Before joining thebritishjournal.com Laura F. Nixon was a senior reporter at the Daily News where she covered crime, politics, indigenous affairs, travel, entertainment (and UFO story!).

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