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Atlanta fire department investigates Tyler Perry Studios blaze


Firefighters are searching for the cause of a fire that started Tuesday night at Tyler Perry Studios in southwest Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The blaze damaged the exterior of one building in the middle of the 30-acre complex, but the inside of the place really only suffered water damage.

"Atlanta firefighters responded immediately to a fire which damaged the backlot façade of one of the buildings at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta," the studio said in a statement. "We are grateful that there were no injuries, and that 99 percent of the damage is limited to the backlot facade. Mr. Perry wishes to express his heartfelt thanks to the Atlanta fire department for their professionalism in their quick response and limiting the damage."

More than 100 firefighters responded to the four-alarm conflagration after it was called in at 8:41 p.m. A witness said flames shot up six stories in the air and started popping and blowing up when it reached something stored nearby. The 200,000-square-foot studio holds sets, soundstages and a 400-seat theater, the AJC says. We sure hope Perry wasn't storing all his money there.

[Photo: AP]


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 2:57pm]


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