*UPDATED: Tyler Perry released this official statement to Hello Beautiful:
Atlanta firefighters responded immediately to a fire which
damaged the backlot faÃ§ade 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.
A large building at Tyler Perry Studios is fine after catching fire Tuesday night.
According to Atlanta Fire Department officials, more than 100 firefighters were called to the four-alarm blaze at the southwest Atlanta studio and were able to limit the damage because the building is broken up into sections.
The cause of the fire and the amount of damage to the structure was not immediately known, but no injuries were reported.
Perry was at the complex Tuesday evening speaking with Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, but there has been no official statement from the famed filmmaker at this time.
The 200,000 square foot studio is home to many of Perry’s productions; it houses five sound stages, a post-production facility, a back lot, a 400-seat theater, a private screening room and designated areas for entertaining and hosting events.