King Kong Model Catches Fire at 'Kong: Skull Island' Premiere as Guests Scramble
Panic ensued at the Vietnam premiere of Kong: Skull Island after a King Kong statue caught fire.
At the Thursday-night event in Ho Chi Minh City, the 16-foot replica of Kong was engulfed in flames following the faux eruption of a simulated volcano. Onlookers captured the scene on their phones.
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The blaze was quickly put out by firefighters, and guests were able to enter the theater and watch the monster movie. No injuries were reported.
In a statement, released in both Vietnamese and English, a Vietnamese representative for Warner Bros. said, "There was a small fire at an outdoor atrium at CGV Cinema in Ho Chi Minh City during a Kong: Skull Island opening event. We are very grateful that no one was hurt."
The Warners statement added: "The fire was extinguished quickly and after all was deemed safe, the resiliency of Kong’s Vietnamese fans came through when they filled the theater to enjoy the film. We want to express our gratitude to the Ho Chi Minh City fire department, who kept everyone in attendance safe, as well as the CGV management, who acted quickly to address the situation."
Skull Island, which stars Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson, filmed on location in the country and is set in the 1970s at the end of the Vietnam War.
Skull Island hits theaters today in the U.S.
by Brittany Vincent