Earlier in the week, Transformers 4 made local and national headlines when a historic 100-year old house caught fire on set during shooting. While the Pflugerville, Texas Fire Department was called to the scene, director Michael Bay is addressing the issue this morning, telling anyone interested in the dirty details of the story that its all been blown out of proportion.
Early reports claimed that the crew was using pyrotechnics in the attic when the fire broke out. This is not true, however, as the crew wasn't even shooting inside the house. Here is a photo of the house fire in question, followed by the directors comments (hopefully, the next story will include more Autobots).
"Shooting of Transformers 4 is going great with [Mark] Wahlberg and the new cast. We are having a great time in Texas.
I'm reading how the news makes everything more dramatic than real life. I guess the truth was just too unexciting. Yes there was a small smoldering fire at a house and no; no one was injured during the fire. And no, no one "just narrowly escaped" as the news dramatically states. A crewmember though twisted his ankle after falling in a gopher hole on the ranch.
The fire was put out in a brief 15 minutes by a great fire crew on set. It was an attic fire and cause is unknown. No we were not shooting in the attic, we were shooting outside on the ranch.