Tyler Perry’s Studio Suffers from Fire
Tyler Perry’s multi-million dollar studio suffered a loss Tuesday night when one of the backlot façade’s caught fire in Atlanta, GA.
100 firefighters in 13 engines and 12 trucks responded to the 4 alarm fire that was so extreme, the likelihood of ever knowing the cause is quite unlikely. A statement from Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said, “The cause of the fire will be recorded as undetermined. The intensity of the fire in the area of origin consumed any evidence that would lead to a cause of ignition.”
Perry only spoke with Fire Chief Cochran on the scene and steered clear of the media. Nevertheless his publicist was on hand to showcase his gratitude for the quickness and efficiency of the firefighters:
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.
The bright side to look at is yes, no one was hurt. Kerry Washington, who’s worked with Perry in For Colored Girls tweeted the relieved sentiment,
“Sending prayers out to everybody at Tyler Perry Studios! Such a special place! XO — I’m grateful no one was hurt!”
Oprah also tweeted about the fire, saying,
“I also like to thank my friend and younger big brother @tylerperry; his backlot studio was damaged by fire last night. #ThankYouGame.”
The thanks in this tweet are almost as confusing as what started the fire.