Yesterday, the Big BrotherAfrica house was ablaze as fire from an unknown source guts the building in South Africa. This comes just a few days the commencement of the show. The 30 days event was meant to take place on Sunday the 7th of this month. The news has been confirmed by Multichoice and Africa magic, the producers of the show.
A press release sent by the media house reads, “M-Net and Endemol SA advise that due to a devastating fire at the Big Brother house on 2 September 2014, Big Brother Hotshots will not launch this Sunday (7 September) as scheduled. The cause of the fire at this stage is unknown and investigations will commence as soon as it is safe to do so.”
While speaking with a representative of Africa Magic on phone, we got further confirmation on the fire. He revealed that they are currently looking for an alternative to the burnt down house. “At this stage M-Net and Endemol are urgently looking for an alternative Big Brother house in which to film the production, however as this production has highly technical infrastructure, camera and edit requirements an alternative is not immediately available. Every effort will be made to find a solution as quickly as possible to ensure that Africa’s biggest reality show will continue,” the rep said.
For now, we don’t know the extent of the damage the fire made but we have confirmed that no one died or was injured in it. Millions of Dollars worth of equipment was however lost in the inferno.
This is not the first time that AfricaMagic has been faced with fire just days before a major event. Just this year, their Ojota, Lagos studio went up in flames just five days before the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards(AMVCA). But that event was not postponed as no recording for the AMVCA took place in the studio. Another Africa Magic staff hinted that Big Brother might be moved to Nigeria after the fire since Nigeria hosted a successful Big Brother Nigeria some years ago.