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EastEnders anniversary: Fireworks rehearsal behind set blaze

Fire on EastEnders set Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption Firefighters in Hertfordshire were called to the Albert Square set where part of a building was alight

A rehearsal for a fireworks display in EastEnders' live 30th anniversary special edition was the cause of a real-life blaze, it has emerged.

Firefighters went to BBC studios in Elstree, Hertfordshire, on 17 February after part of the set caught light.

A live episode screened on Friday featured a fireworks display to celebrate the soap's milestone.

EastEnders confirmed there had been a "small fire" but declined to comment further on the circumstances.

No serious damage was caused and no-one was injured, a spokeswoman said.

The fire, which broke out in the first floor and roof space of a building on Albert Square, did not affect filming of the show.

Image caption A fireworks display at the end of a live anniversary special episode on Friday was rehearsed days before

As part of the anniversary, "live inserts" were screened through the week before a fully-live episode on Friday with a fireworks display at the end.

More than 10 million people tuned in during Thursday's episode to see the soap's murder mystery storyline reach its climax, with viewers finally learning who killed Lucy Beale.

Firefighters were seen on set following Friday's live show in which the fireworks were set off but no further blazes were reported.

Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption The fire broke out in the first floor and roof space of this building on Albert Square

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