Then in 1990, a fire was started in the backlot, blamed on improper storage of hazardous matierials. It destroyed the north side of the square, but luckily the courthouse itself survived. The northern portion that burned down was rebuilt exactly as it was. The square would continue to be used in features and television shows such as Weird Science, The Nutty Professor (1996), Jingle All the Way (1996) and Batman & Robin (1997).
In 1997, tragedy struck once again.