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Smoke trails have been spotted near Bray Studios in Windsor, where the film is being filmed second season from the Amazon Studios series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power according to when reported by Variety. In the afternoon of April 3, 2023local time, a fire following an electrical fault in a warehouse on the perimeter of the backlot. The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service responded to the emergency call and the filming stopped for about an hour and then quickly resume when the problem is solved. The cast and crew did not have to evacuate, but filming was suspended as a precaution and everyone remained in Bray before returning to work.
The intervention of the firefighters
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 12.26pm on Monday 3rd April we received reports of a fire at Bray Studios near Windsor. Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service personnel from Bracknell, Slough and Maidenhead Fire Stations were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival crews discovered a fire in a one-story storage workshop located away from the filming set. Firefighters equipped with self-contained breathing apparatus used three hose reels and a main jet to put out the blaze. They remained in place for about four hours and 35 minutes. Investigations will be launched to determine the cause of the fire.
The Rings of Power: accidents on the set
The fantasy series based on the author’s works JRR Tolkien and reportedly the most expensive television series ever made, was previewed last year on Amazon Prime Video (also visible on Sky Glass, Sky Q and via the app on the Now Smart Stick). There second season should be broadcast in streams in 2024. The fire is the second accident happened this year on the sets of the series. On 21 March a horse went into cardiac arrest before trials. Amazon Studios had released a statement confirming the incident: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that a production horse died on March 21,” an Amazon spokesperson said. “The accident occurred in the morning while the horse was exercising before the trials. Filming had yet to begin, and both a veterinarian and a representative of the American Humane Association were present. The independent autopsy confirmed that the horse died of heart failure.