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‘Despicable Me' Minion Gets an Eyeful of Smoke From Universal City Fire

A fire burned after midnight at the Universal Studios lot, casting smoke over the familiar 'Despicable Me' minion that overlooks the theme park.

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An eerie cloud of smoke drifted over the one-eyed ‘Despicable Me’ minion that overlooks Universal City when a fire broke out early Wednesday at the Universal Studios theme park lot. 

The small fire burned at a parking garage on the upper lot located up the hill from Lankershim Boulevard near the 101 Freeway. The fire was quickly extinguished after midnight.

No injuries were reported. Details about a cause were not immediately available. 

The park is home to Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, inspired by the animated movie characters.

Aa park representative said no rides or attractions were affected and park operations will not be impacted. The fire occurred in a non-guest area,' according to the theme park.

The fire burned 13 years to the day after a devastating blaze on the Universal Studios back lot. On June 1, 2008, a fire destroyed the "King Kong'' attraction
and master recordings of songs by Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry
and Aretha Franklin.

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