'Transformers' Fire: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay Flee Blaze on Set

Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 10:08 AM

By Megan Anderle

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In the latest mishap to hit the troubled "Transformers" franchise, a fire broke out Wednesday night and substantially damaged a 100-year-old Texas home where "Transformers 4" was being filmed.

The local Pflugerville Fire Department told the Daily Mail that the fire may have started in the home's attic around 7 p.m. and could have been sparked by the movie's elaborate pyrotechnics.

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One person was injured by the fire and transported to a hospital, a fire department spokesperson said. No other information on the person or the injury was available.

At this stage of the investigation, authorities are treating the incident as "accidental."

Actor Mark Wahlberg and director Michael Bay smelled smoke at the scene before a crew member discovered the blaze.

Actors and the crew helped carry equipment and costumes out of the burning home, according to the Daily Mail.

The franchise, which has earned hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide at the box office, has faced several misfortunes over the years.

In 2010, during filming of "Transformers 3," extra Gabriella Cedillo, then 24, was seriously injured when a stunt went wrong; an object hurtled through the windshield of a car she was driving in Hammond, Indiana. Cedillo suffered a permanent brain injury during the accident and has since undergone a series of surgeries.

Lawyers on her behalf collected £18.5 million, nearly $29 million in U.S. dollars, against Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Studios in a lawsuit for the extra who was not a trained stunt person and was only being paid $25 per day to be on the set, according to the Daily Mail.

When the team was working on "Transformers 2: Transformers Revenge Of The Fallen," production had to be halted when star Shia LaBeouf injured his left hand after flipping his truck in Hollywood back in July 2008.

At the time of the injury, the then 22-year-old actor was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and had to have "extensive hand surgery."

In LaBeouf's absence, Bay was forced to hire a stuntman to avoid spending even more money, since production in itself is astronomically costly.

"We had an action scene in the library on the Monday and I said, 'Let's go for it; let's just not stop; let's use Blad the stuntman and try and cover as much stuff as we can,'" Bay told the Daily Mail.

The cast of "Transformers 4" includes; Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, Peter Cullen, and Kelsey Grammer. The film will be a direct sequel to "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon." There is no release date yet for the latest movie.

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