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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

This Week's Feature: Did the Dybbuk Box Cause a Fire After the Filming of The Possession?

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Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter,

"We had all of our props, a couple days after we finished wrapping -- they put everything in storage for if you're gonna do reshoots or anything -- they keep it in storage, they need to keep it all in Vancouver," Morgan says. "It burnt to the ground. It was investigated, and there were no signs of arson, no electrical fire."

Director Ole Bornedal echoed the tale in his own interviews: "Still to this day the Vancouver Police Department doesn't know the cause of the fire."

Okay, so, yes the fire did happen -- the film's screenwriters sent us a news clip about it. And it was a super gnarly fire! Check out some footage of the blaze:

But as is clear from that news report, the cause was known immediately. Here's what Corporal Rick Skolrood of the Burnaby Royal Mounted Canadian Police said in an email:

I have just reviewed our file 2011-37817 and found that the cause of the fire was accidental. Two people who were given permission to salvage metal were using a blow torch which accidentally set the structure on fire. They attempted to put out the blaze with water but were unsuccessful and had to call the fire department. The elements of the offence of Arson by Neglect were not met and no charges were laid.

There was nothing suspicious and nothing mysterious about this fire.

He added, "Sorry I couldn't support your ghost angle."

Eh. It's cool.

Now, maybe we're just being no fun, but clearly our nosiness won't affect the success of the film. It was number 1 at the box office this weekend and has already raked in $21.3 million.

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