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WET Design Headquarters Erupts in Flames

Burbank, CA, USA (December 10, 2012) — Los Angeles television station KTLA reports on a fire that broke out at WET Design’s Burbank headquarters early morning on Saturday, December 8.  WET Design’s latest projects include the Big-O at EXPO 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea and Aquanura at Efteling Park in the Netherlands.  Both projects were recently named recipients of 2013 Thea Awards by the Themed Entertainment Association:

“According to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman David Ortiz, the fire was first reported around 3:18 a.m. at the WET Design building in the 10800 block of Sherman Way.

“Firefighters arrived at the scene to find the single-story, 15,000 square foot building fully up in smoke.

“Over 100 firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze after nearly an hour and a half . . .

“Witnesses told KTLA that the fire may have been caused by a car that crashed into a power transformer, sending live wires into the building.

“‘Neighbors who saw it said a car came by careening down the street and hit one of these power poles and knocked the transformer off and it exploded,’ WET Design CEO and Presiden Mark Fuller said.

“‘It was an extremely loud explosion,’ said Charles Brown, who lives nearby and was among those who called 911 when they saw the flames. Other witnesses said they could see, and smell the fire for miles.

According to Fuller, the company’s former headquarters at Universal Studios also succumbed to a fire over a decade ago, causing them to move to their current location across the street from Bob Hope Airport.

“‘My first reaction,’ Fuller said, ‘was thank goodness nobody was in there and nobody was hurt.'”

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleimanhttp://wwww.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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