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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 October 2005, 08:25 GMT 09:25 UK
Aardman props fire probe begins
Firefighters' footage of the blaze which wrecked Aardman Animations' warehouse
The warehouse contained Aardman Animations' archive
Investigations have begun into the cause of a fire at Aardman Animations which destroyed hundreds of props from the Wallace and Gromit films.

Crews were still damping down 24 hours after the fire at the Oscar-winning company's warehouse in Bristol.

Aardman said some props from its newly-released hit movie, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, were spared.

Investigators say the condition of the building deteriorated overnight, and they expect to be on site for days.

Nick Baker, of Avon fire and rescue service, said: "We can work with the police and forensic science teams to find the cause and hopefully come to a conclusion in the next couple of days."

Film sets

Aardman had just been celebrating The Curse of the Were-Rabbit topping the US box office when the fire began.

The film's two main sets, along with several smaller ones and many of the characters, are currently being exhibited elsewhere at a city visitor attraction.

Exhibition organiser Emma Cook said: "We are lucky that we had got some of the more recent sets."

However, articles relating to the characters Morph and Lurpak man perished in the fire, as well as storyboards, sets and news articles from the films Chicken Run and Creature Comforts.

The warehouse contained a collection built up over 30 years and included props, models, scenery and awards.


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