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Fire hits Harry Potter location
Harry Potter
The new Harry Potter movie was being filmed
Fire crews have been fighting a blaze which broke out close to a Highland location being used for the new Harry Potter film.

More than 100 acres of heath land around the historic Glenfinnan Viaduct, near Fort William, was set alight in the blaze.

The viaduct will feature in The Prisoner of Azkaban, the latest film based on the adventures of novelist J K Rowling's teenage wizard.

Members of a Warner Brothers film crew were working at the spot just after 1300 GMT on Saturday when the fires began.

Steam train

Four fire crews tackled the blaze which was brought under control after almost 20 hours.

Nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution but were allowed to return to their homes on Saturday night.

A police spokesman said experts were still trying to establish the cause of the fire, which might have been started by the use of a steam train on the film set.

It is understood members of the Warner Brothers film crew helped put out parts of the fire.

A police spokesman said: "It is too early to say what caused the fire.

It is too early to say what caused the fire
Police spokesman

"The film crew was there at the time and will no doubt help investigators with inquiries."

Police said no-one had been injured as a result of the fire.

Filming at the scene had been put on hold while the fires were dealt with, police added.

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film in the series, is due out next year.



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