'Dark Knight' filming site catches fire


CHICAGO -- Fire broke out in a vacant post office Tuesday where a movie crew had been filming scenes for the upcoming "Batman" sequel "The Dark Knight."

District Fire Chief Jose Santiago said insulation inside the building's "very old ventilation system" caught fire shortly before 11:30 a.m., and had nothing to do with the filming. There were no injuries, he said.

"It looked a lot worse than it really was," Santiago said.

The fire was contained to the 16th-floor ventilation shaft in the 17- story building, and most of the flames were extinguished by a sprinkler system, officials said.

The movie crew had been filming there all week, said Pete Kearney, who works next door. Letters affixed to the side of the old post office read: "Gotham National Bank."

"We assumed it was part of the movie," Kearney said of the smoke Tuesday morning.