A fire that broke out at Tyler Perry’s Atlanta film studio was under control late Tuesday night, the Atlanta Fire Department said.
Sirens were everywhere, people were running out of the studio when Over 100 firefighters, 13 engines and 12 trucks responded to the four-alarm fire at the filmmaker’s studio complex, and no injuries were reported, said Capt. Jolyon Bundrige.
Stage 5- The Ruby D and Ozzie Davis studio is gone.
It is unknown what caused the fire, and firefighters on the scene were continuing to investigate the source Tuesday evening, Bundrige said.
Perry’s Hollywood connection has been principally with Lionsgate Entertainment, with whom the filmmaker has had a long-standing relationship. The filmmaker’s next movie, “Madea’s Witness Protection” — in which he will reprise his role as a sassy, plus-size grandmother — will be released by Lionsgate on June 29. Perry is currently in post-production on “The Marriage Counselor,” which is set to hit theaters next January. TBS also ordered 35 additional episodes of Perry’s sitcom “For Better or Worse” in February.
In 2008 Tyler was and still is the first and only black man to move into his own prominent, 200,000-square-foot studio in southwest Atlanta. The studio includes a back lot, a 400-seat theater, a private screening room, five sound stages, a post-production facility, a chapel and a gym. Perry even hosted a fundraiser for President Barack Obama at the massive 30-acre complex.