By Indiewire | Indiewire October 10, 2005 at 7:33AM
The warehouse headquarters of Aardman Animations in England was destroyed by a fire today, according to news reports from the scene. The Guardian reported this afternoon, "Most, if not all, the props, backgrounds and sets used since founders Dave Sproxton and Peter Lord first established he company in 1976 were lost after the roof of the archive facility collapsed, wrecking the three floors below it." The news came on a day of celebration for the company, with the first Wallace and Gromit's feature "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" debuting as the number one movie in the United States (earning an estimated $16 million in its debut). "Wallace & Gromit" creator Nick Park called the situation "dreadful" but added, according to the report, "in the light of other world events, 'it's not a big deal'."