Millions of Lottery players were left in the dark this evening after today’s Thunderball draw wasn’t shown live. Camelot, operator of the National Lottery, was forced to pull the broadcast after a fire caused the evacuation of its Pinewood studio.
In a brief statement on its YouTube channel, Camelot said: “Due to an on-site fire, resulting in an evacuation of our studio, we are unable to bring you the live stream of Thunderball.”
Earlier this afternoon, a fire tore through the world-famous Pinewood Studios near Heathrow airport. Witnesses reported hearing explosions as the cast of the new Snow White live action movie scrambled for safety.
Images show the fire engulfing the film set as well as lights and other equipment. Crews and appliances from 10 different fire departments attended the incident, alongside five officers and a Control Unit from Maidenhead.
A source told The Sun : “A set made up of a lot of wood, and trees etc was currently being built in the Richard Attenborough stage. Rumour is a piece of set has caught alight and spread across the rest of the set.”
A Camelot spokesperson said the company’s studio was unaffected but fire chiefs advised staff to evacuate as a precaution. “The fire was close to our studio but we weren’t dirtectly affected,” they said.
“No one was hurt but we decided to set up tonight’s draw in a secondary studio in case we were unable to get back to Pinewood in time. Unfortunately, the secondary studio does not have the facilities to enable live streaming.”
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Camelot promised to publish the results of tonight’s draw on its National Lottery website as soon as they were available.
These were made available to North Wales Live at 8.30pm – but they have yet to appear on the National Lottery website.
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