Fire Breaks Out at Tyler Perry’s Studios
By the CNN Wire Staff
ATLANTA — A massive fire tore through a building at the southwest Atlanta film studio of Tyler Perry on Tuesday night.
No one was injured, but the blaze caused one building to partially collapse, said Atlanta fire Capt. Jolyon Bundridge.
Officials do not yet know what started the fire.
Perry was at the complex Tuesday night but did not speak to reporters, CNN affiliate WSB-TV reported.
The multimillion dollar studios sit on 60 acres and include five sound stages, a 5-acre pond, a theater, a chapel, a commissary, a gymnasium, Perry’s office, an art department where sets are designed, hair and makeup facilities, a wardrobe department, set decoration, a post-production facility and a backlot named 34th Street, “as in Miracle on 34th Street,” according to the studio website.
Perry’s credits include work as director, writer, producer, actor and playwright.
His TV shows “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne” are huge moneymakers, as are Perry’s wildly popular movies.
Last year, Perry topped Forbes’ “Entertainment’s Highest-Paid Men” list, raking in $130 million in 12 months beginning in May 2010.
— CNN’s Joe Sutton, Justin Lear and HLN’s Mike Brooks contributed to this report.