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Universal Studios' new sets

February 15, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Visitors touring Universal Studios Hollywood this summer will see new sets that are being built to replace fire-damaged locations.

Roofers using a blowtorch accidentally started the June 1, 2008, blaze that also destroyed the King Kong attraction and a video vault. The majority of Universal's sets -- including the Bates Motel from "Psycho," Wisteria Lane from "Desperate Housewives" and lots used for "War of the Worlds" and Westerns -- were untouched by the fire.

New sets will include a gas station, firehouse and urban cityscape with glass and steel facades. Sets being rebuilt for the midsummer reopening include Universal's Courthouse Square and Brownstone Street, which have been used in numerous movies and television shows.

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