Structure OK after blaze at Tyler Perry’s studios

Atlanta firefighters were on the scene of a blaze Tuesday night at Tyler Perry Studios in southwest Atlanta. Atlanta fire officials say they have put out a 4-alarm blaze at Tyler Perry Studios that damaged a building at the complex. Atlanta Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jolyon Bundrige says there were no reports of injuries from the fire that started before 9 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said in a news release it was extinguished about an hour later. (AP Photo/Curtis Compton, Atlanta Journal Constitution)

ATLANTA – The structure of a large building at filmmaker Tyler Perry’s Atlanta studio is fine after part of it caught fire, sending flames into the night sky, authorities said.

There were no reports of injuries from the blaze that began shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday and burned through the building’s exterior surface, Atlanta Fire Capt. Jolyon Bundrige said.

“It was all in flames,” Dorothy Ware, who lives in a high-rise apartment next door to the studio complex, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Flames shot as high as nearby trees, which are about as high as a six-story building, Ware said.

“The building started popping,” Ware said. “Whatever the fire was hitting, was blowing up. There were plenty of sparks coming over here where we are.”

More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, and they were able to limit the damage because the building is broken up into sections, Bundrige told Atlanta station WSB-TV.

The cause of the four-alarm blaze and the amount of damage to the complex was not immediately known.

Perry was at the complex Tuesday night and spoke with Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, Bundrige said. A spokesman for Perry – whose films include “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Daddy’s Little Girls” – didn’t immediately comment Tuesday evening.

The studio complex includes a 200,000-square-foot studio, five sound stages and a 400-seat theater in southwest Atlanta, according to its website.

In March, pop star Cee Lo performed for donors at a fundraiser for President Barack Obama at the studios.