09:25 24 November 2010
ITV soap Emmerdale is to face yet another tragedy in the New Year when an arson attack causes devastation in the village.
Bosses have confirmed that at least two of the shows favourite characters will bow out after a fire spreads quickly in some of the most dramatic scenes ever shot on the soap.
Possible victims are Viv Hope (Deena Payne) who has already said she is quitting, Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter), Gennie Walker (Sian Reese-Williams) and Terry Woods (Billy Hartman).
The veteran village gossip Betty Eagleton (Paula Tilbrook) could also face a horrific end when the scenes air early in the New Year.
After the fire, viewers will be left wondering who started it after it comes to light that it was no mere accident.
Emmerdales series producer Gavin Blyth said: "This is going to be one of the most dramatic and tragic events ever to rock Emmerdale and no-one will be untouched by the fire's devastating consequences.
"The whole village will be thrown together for these gripping and heart-wrenching episodes which will launch us into an unmissable 2011."
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