Fire menaces, but studios safe

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The flames of this story fanned out quickly enough to avoid any serious high drama in Hollywood — though for a time it looked like an unintended "Backdraft" sequel might be in the works.

A brush fire Friday behind a big apartment complex on the Burbank side of the Hollywood Hills was contained by firefighters with little or no effect on operations at the three movie studios within shouting distance of the flames. Smoke billowed for hours throughout the afternoon just west of the famed Hollywood sign. Universal's theme park
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