Mark Wahlberg & Michael Bay Escape Fire on ‘Transformers 4’ Set
As if "Transformers 4" isn't enough of a thrill ride, the cast and crew for the upcoming action blockbuster – including star Mark Wahlberg and director Michael Bay – faced some real life danger while shooting on Tuesday evening.
Firefighters were rushed to a house in Pflugerville, Texas at 7:25 pm after fire broke out in a home where the "Transformers 4" company was shooting a scene in an attic. A crew member told reporters that the company was shooting a "controlled explosion" when the fire took hold. However, a photographer at the scene believed the fire was caused by faulty wiring.
While extensive damage was done to the attic, the rest of the structure, said to be over a hundred years old, was saved.
"There was one injury to a civilian who was transported to the hospital by Austin Travis County EMS,” a Pflugerville Fire Department representative told reporters. (Pflugerville is a small town less than twenty miles from Austin, Texas.) “We have no other information on this person or their injury." The New York Daily News later reported the injury in question was a broken ankle.
While Wahlberg and Bay weren't harmed, they were apparently on hand when the fire was reported, and joined in as the cast and crew jumped into action to clear equipment and costumes from the scene of the fire. (Optimus Prime was not involved in the fire or the rescue efforts.)
Hopefully, the fire will not bog down production in Texas on "Transformers 4," which is currently on track to arrive in theaters June 2014.