Fire erupts on EastEnders set hours after live episode

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 February 2015
EastEnders set fire

EastEnders set fire

A fire erupted on the set of 'EastEnders' last night (17.02.15), just hours after the cast finished filming the first of their week of live and semi-live episodes

A fire erupted on the 'EastEnders' set hours after the first of this week's live episodes.

Firefighters were rushed to BBC's Elstree Studios last night (17.02.15) after one of the buildings on the Albert Square set burst into flames just hours after the cast finished filming the first semi-live episode of their 30th anniversary week.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service revealed: "Crews from Borehamwood and Potters Bar were called to the BBC Elstree Studios shortly after 11pm to tackle a fire that had taken hold in the first floor and roof space of a building on Albert Square."

The Walford blaze is believed to have been started by a stray firework, affecting the surgery of Dr. Harold Legg, although it's been revealed the building was just a façade and not the actual set.

The spokesman added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It's just a façade for Dr. Legg's surgery.

"The damage was to the inside and roof. It was quite badly damaged, but we put it out before it spread any further."

Meanwhile, area commander Ian Parkhouse claimed the quick response of his firefighters had meant that no serious damage was caused to the set meaning the remaining live shows will not be affected.

He said: "Thanks to the hard work of our firefighters, the fire was contained and extinguished before it could cause any serious damage to the set."

'EastEnders' 30th anniversary celebrations kicked off with a special edition of 'The Graham Norton Show' on Monday (16.02.15) followed by the first semi-live episode yesterday (17.02.15), during which Max Branning (Jake Wood) accused his daughter Abi (Lorna Fitzgerald) of killing Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater).

The blonde beauty's killer will finally be revealed after almost a year of mystery in Friday's (20.02.15) hour-long live episode.

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