The Coup: Fire on Chiang Mai movie set (photo update)

As Hollywood film shot in Lampang, film set explodes, star Owen Wilson barely escapes flames, seen driving off in BMW to Chiang Mai.

Firemen fight the blaze at the film set of "The Coup", being shot in the northern province of Lampang in Thailand. Post Today Photo


'The Coup' film set destroyed by fire


Pierce Brosnan

The set of a Hollywood film, "The Coup", being filmed in the northern province of Lampang was destroyed in a massive blaze on Wednesday night, reports said.

The fire broke out at about 7.40pm at a three-story building, which was used as a studio for the American thriller movie starring Pierce Brosnan, Lake Bell and Owen Wilson, who was reported to have "barely escaped" the flames. He was seen driving off in a BMW to Chiang Mai shortly after the fire broke out at 7.30 p.m.

People watching the film shooting at first thought it was a movie special effect and not a real fire, but after they saw people running around with fire extinguishers, it became apparent that it was a real fire. The fire spread fast and people in the building ran out and shouted for help.

Ten fire engines were able put out the fire within an hour. Reports said the fire destroyed 11 units in the building. The reports said the fire was believed to have been started by an explosion, perhaps one of the special effects, during the shooting of a scene.

Living Films, a Thai production company, is facilitating the shooting of "The Coup". The company also helped produce Hangover 2.

Owen Wilson

The movie, directed by John Erick Dowdle, is about an American family moving abroad but finding themselves caught in the middle of a coup and they have to escape an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.

Fire engines and firefighters putting out blaze on the set of The Coup being filmed in Lampang.

Smoke rising from the set of the movie The Coup in Lampang after the fire was extinguished.

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