The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug may have hit a bit of a fiery snag this past week in New Zealand. No, not Smaug the Dragon, but a blaze that was a little less CGI and a little more evacuate the set when a shipping container-sized generator caught on fire.
Witnesses said there was a huge cloud of smoke rising above Miramar Peninsula close to an abandoned prison known as Mt. Crawford Prison, and that a lighting tower was obscured by smoke as the lights went out for a time and then came back on.
The generator fire happened on the film set that represents Dale, the town at the base of the Lonely Mountain that gets obliterated by Smaug's inferno. The generator was located in the ruined citadel set.
The fire broke out around 5 p.m. and multiple fire trucks raced to the scene as there was no water source readily available. It eventually engulfed both the generator and a diesel fuel tank but luckily, it only took about 20 minutes for the four fire engines and command vehicle to put out. In another bit of good news, no one was hurt.
It doesn't sound as if this will set filming back any, but I'm sure that was a scary moment for and anyone else on set at the time. Fingers crossed everything gets back on track and filming underway as soon as possible.
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