Universal Studios provided the setting for a remake of The Towering Inferno Sunday as balls of fire and billowing smoke rose hundreds of feet into the sky over the historic studio -- none of it created by special-effects personnel. The blaze destroyed several sets and a warehouse containing about 40,000 videos. Studio officials said that the original negatives and/or duplicates were stored at a different location and that the lost videos could eventually be replaced. The Universal Studios theme park, which was shut down by the fire, was due to reopen today (Monday), but tourists riding the tram through the studio's lot would probably see the charred remains of some historic outdoor sets. A small building through which the tram passes on the studio tour in which King Kong appears to attack the tram, which jiggles and rocks, was also destroyed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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