Netflix Studio Fire Breaks Out Where 'Stranger Things' Is Being Filmed

Firefighters raced to Netflix's studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after a blaze broke out on the grounds early Wednesday morning.

The studios, where hit show Stranger Things is now filmed, lit up the dark skies as flames soared, before Albuquerque Fire Rescue arrived to dampen the blaze.

Albuquerque Fire Department public information officer Tom Ruiz told Newsweek: "On the morning of Wednesday August 4 13 Units with AFR and BCFD were dispatched to the address of 5650 University SE at Netflix studios.

"Upon arrival Units found a fully involved small sized movie set with smoke and flames. All units who responded work diligently to extinguish this event and got it under control quickly."

"There were no firefighter or civilian injuries to report during this event," Ruiz added.

In footage shared by Albuquerque Fire Rescue, a ladder truck was seen dousing the flames, which were completely extinguished by the break of dawn.

Taking to their Instagram Story, Albuquerque Fire Rescue shared footage of firefighters dousing the flames, alongside a caption that read: "AFR is on the scene of an outside fire near the Netflix studio. E2 stretching a line for the fire attack."

Newsweek has confirmed that the fire took place within an old building on the property that was due to be demolished, and was not one of Netflix's sets.

Newsweek has contacted representatives for Netflix for further comment.

While the first three seasons of Stranger Things were filmed in Atlanta, the upcoming fourth season was partially moved to the New Mexico studios, where such productions as Army of the Dead, El Camino, Daybreak, and Messiah have also been filmed.

AMC's Breaking Bad was filmed at the studio, where its spinoff Better Call Saul—starring Bob Odenkirk—is currently in production. Big screen blockbuster The Avengers (2012) was also filmed there.

Netflix acquired the ABQ Studios in 2018, and has committed an additional $1 billion in production expenditure, after spending more than $200 million in the state of New Mexico over the span of two years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It was announced in November that the studio, which sits in Albuquerque's Mesa Del Sol area, would be expanded by an additional 300 acres, adding up to 10 new stages—making it one of the largest production facilities in North America.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the investment is set to create an estimated 1,000 production jobs over the next decade, while an additional 1,467 construction jobs will be required to complete the expansion.

"New Mexico provides an outstanding production and business environment in close proximity to Los Angeles with some of the best crews and creative talent in the world," said Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos in November. "The expansion will bring many new high-tech and production jobs to the region.

"It allows us to be more nimble in executing our production plans while cementing the status of the region as one of the leading production centers in North America."

Update 8/04/21 11:36 a.m. ET: This article was updated with additional information on the location of the fire.

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A fire broke out outside Netflix's studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Wednesday morning. Sam Wasson/Getty Images