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    Default Probably late reporting but ouch nonetheless

    I saw one other post about this in another forum, but that could be because I'm too late - don't think so, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Smith of the UK's Mirror newspaper
    11 October 2005
    WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WAREHOUSE
    Inferno destroys 30 years' film history

    The entire history of the Wallace and Gromit film empire was destroyed yesterday in a huge warehouse blaze.

    All the plasticine models, props and sets used in the duo's films and the hit movie Chicken Run went up in flames at Aardman Animation's Bristol depot.

    The fire came on the day the British production company's latest movie, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit topped the US box office chart.

    The eagerly-anticipated film made £9.1million at the weekend.

    Treasured sets from the past, including those used in A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave were lost along with models of kids' TV icon Morph - TV artist Tony Hart's sidekick.

    The alarm was raised at 5.30am yesterday when flames were seen leaping 100ft in the air from the Victorian depot near the city's Temple Meads station.

    More than 50 firefighters were unable to prevent the roof caving in and upper storeys collapsing.

    Fire investigators were last night still probing the cause. Arson has not been ruled out.

    Aardman spokesman Arthur Sheriff said: "Today was supposed to be a day of celebration, with the news that Wallace and Gromit had gone in at No1 but instead our whole history has been wiped out."

    But Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park, 46, was philosophical about the loss in comparison to the Pakistan earthquake. "Even though it's precious stuff and nostalgic - and dreadful for the company, in light of other tragedies it's not a big deal," he said.

    Last Of The Summer Wine star Peter Sallis - the voice of Wallace - expressed his sadness at the news.

    The 84-year-old actor said: "I'm shocked and terribly sorry. I hope they were insured - some of those things are beyond value in a way."

    Nick Park started making animations in his parents' attic in Preston, Lancs, when he was 13, and he was just 15 when the BBC showed his work Archie's Concrete Nightmare - a cartoon made with tracing paper drawings.

    The first Wallace and Gromit film, A Grand Day Out, took Park six years to complete and every two-second segment took a day to film. It was first shown in 1989.

    Sets from the latest film survived the blaze because they had not yet been moved to the depot.

    Smoke was still rising from the blackened structure at lunchtime as 10 fire crews poured water on to the site from aerial platforms.

    Assistant Chief Officer Bill Feeley said: "The inside of the building is a large pile of debris.

    "However, the roof and two floors came in which means there may be part of the ground floor still intact under the rubble."

    THE CLASSIC MODELS WE'VE LOST

    1 Jaguar
    2 Blue Rabbit (Rabbits)
    3 Purple Rabbit
    4 Adam
    5 Feathers McGraw
    6 Green Rabbit
    7 Angry Kid
    8 Wendolene (Close Shave)
    9 Mac (Chicken Run)
    10 Preston
    11 Fowler
    12 Bunty
    13 Mr Tweedy
    14 Boy (Wat's Pig)
    15 Mrs Tweedy
    16 Daphne (Stage Fright)
    17 Arnold Hew
    18 Pig
    19 Tiny
    20 Chicken Run extra
    21 Rocky
    22 Babs
    23 Polar Bear (Creature Comforts)
    24 Shawn the Sheep
    25 Wallace
    26 & 27 Chicken Run extras
    28 Rex (Rex the Runt)
    29 Bob
    30 Wendy
    31 Vince
    32 Gromit
    33 Ginger
    34 Morph
    35 Pib
    36 Pog
    37 Chas
    --jay.


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    SteveDude reported this HERE...

    Wallace & Gromit were saved because Nick Park had locked them away from the rest of the collection in a steel box.

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