Tyler Perry Studios Fire: Mogul is ‘Very Grateful’ Blaze Caused No Injuries
Tyler Perry Studios, a large complex situated in Atlanta, Georgia, caught fire Tuesday evening in a blaze described by press as “four alarm.”
As mainstream news sources shut down for the evening, little was known about the extent of the damage at Tyler Perry Studios, but it was reported that an entire building in the complex had collapsed. Tyler Perry Studios sits on a 60-acre spread of land, and includes a 5 acre pond. In the 200,000 square-foot mega-complex, there are studios, a chapel, a theater, a wardrobe department, hair and makeup department, a gym, and a commissary, as well as a backlot.
Tyler Perry Studios was also host to the Commander in Chief earlier this year, who attended a performance by singer Cee-Lo Green. While the fire was extinguished a short time later, the last news out of Tyler Perry Studios last night was that fire crews were “checking for hot spots” in the smoldering complex, and little was known about how much damage resulted from the fire. Perry did not offer comment at the time.
Today, Perry issued a statement about the fire last night at Tyler Perry Studios, saying that it was mostly confined to the backlot and that the destroyed building was a facade. Perry says:
“Atlanta firefighters responded immediately to a fire which damaged the backlot façade of one of the buildings at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. 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.”