While we were still bathing in the excitement of EastEnders’ first live episode last night, the show’s 30th anniversary ‘week of revelations’ was almost plunged into doubt as a fire broke out on set.
All just hours after the episode had come live from the Albert Square set.
According to reports, a stray firework sparked the fire in Dr Legg’s old surgery on the Elstree Studios set shortly after 11pm last night (17th February).
It’s said that the first floor and roof space of the building was filled with flames, with firefighters from both nearby Potters Bar and Borehamwood rushing to help tackle the blaze.
A spokesman for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews from Borehamwood and Potters Bar were called to the BBC Elstree Studios shortly after 11pm to tackle a fire that had taken hold in the first floor and roof space of a building on Albert Square.”
Luckily, the spokesperson added that it was not the actual set that was damaged, and was “just a facade for Dr Legg’s surgery.
“The damage was to the inside and roof. It was quite badly damaged, but we put it out before it spread any further.”
Area commander Ian Parkhouse praised the quick response of the firefighters: “Thanks to the hard work of our firefighters, the fire was contained and extinguished before it could cause any serious damage to the set.”
The live shows are not affected.
Tuesday night’s EastEnders live episode certainly didn’t disappoint in the drama stakes (and that was before the fire!)
But the first cliffhanger of the week left viewers scratching their heads as actor Jake Wood appeared to fluff his final line.
The actor, who plays unlikely lothario Max Branning, appeared to accuse his daughter Abi of Lucy Beale‘s murder, but his mumbling had viewers frantically pushing the rewind button to find out whether he said “you” or “who.”
Taking to Twitter to clarify just what had been said during the VERY tense exchange, the 42-year-old wrote:
“For the benefit of the Internet and mankind in general please RT YOU. Thank YOU (see what I did there?)