A building on the campus of Tyler Perry’s movie studio caught fire on Aug. 27 making it the second time this year that a fire erupted at the Atlanta studio.

Atlanta Fire Department spokeswoman Capt. Marian McDaniel told the AFRO the official cause of the fire was careless smoking.

McDaniel said that it was started when a laborer working on a roof of a building being renovated on Perry’s studio lot, lit a cigarette. Fire from a burning cigarette ignited tar and roof tarp and the blaze escalated.

Perry’s representative released a statement following the blaze indicating that there was only superficial damage to the studio and no one was hurt.

“There was a small fire which was quickly and easily put out via fire extinguisher without incident,” said Perry’s representative in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “Everyone was fine and went back to their normal workday.”

Contrary to that statement however, McDaniel said the recent fire was extinguished using a fire hose from firefighters who climbed the building.

In May, a fire roared through the studio requiring 100 firefighters to help douse the blaze. The recent fire was considerably less damaging and caused no injuries. McDaniel said the cause of that earlier fire is still undetermined.

The studio has been open for four years and is where Perry has produced many of his recent Madea films. In March, he hosted a fundraiser for President Obama at the facility.


George Barnette

Special to the AFRO