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Investigators may not have been able to determine what caused Tyler Perry’s Atlanta studio to burst into flames in May, but they have alreayd figured out what led to the blaze that broke out at the compound yesterday morning. According to the Associated Press:
“Investigators have determined that a fire at filmmaker Tyler Perry’s Atlanta studios was caused by careless smoking.
Capt. Marian McDaniel is with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. McDaniel said Tuesday that no criminal charges were pending.
The fire broke out Monday morning on the roof of a building undergoing repairs. It took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control. The structural integrity of the building was not compromised.”
So much for the Spike Lee/hater/enemy theory. TP needs to enforce a non-smoking policy ASAP though, and start docking someone’s paycheck.
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I’m no arsonist expert or fire chief, but when a building catches on fire twice within three months, I think it’s safe to assume it’s not just a coincidence. Back in May, Tyler’s Atlanta studios were ablaze in a four-alarm fire, and just this morning, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting fire fighters are outside his studio complex on Continental Colony Parkway again.
“Fire officials have not released information on Monday’s blaze, but police dispatchers reported that the roof of a building at the complex was on fire,” they report.
“The fire was apparently in a three-story, 100 by 200-foot building. Video from the Channel 2 Action News helicopter showed about two dozen firefighters on the roof of the building, but no smoke showing at 11:30 a.m.
“In early May, the exterior of a building in the 30-acre complex was heavily damaged be fire. The interior of that building sustained some water damage.
“It was not immediately known whether the building on fire Monday was the same building that caught fire on May 1.”
According to WSIT local 10 news:
“Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran has said the cause of the May fire would be recorded as undetermined. Cochran said the intensity of the May fire consumed any evidence that would lead to a cause of ignition.”
That sounds a bit iffy, and if officials can’t get to the bottom of this fire either, they might want to start looking for other evidence outside of the fire —like Tyler Perry’ enemies. Hopefully there will be no injuries in this fire.
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Last night a massive fire went through Tyler Perry’s studios causing one of the buildings to partially collapse at the multi-million dollar locale where a fundraiser was just held for President Obama in March.
The fire started around 9 pm and was put out about an hour later. Luckily there were no injuries but fire officials said it’s too soon to tell just how much damage was done to the 60-acre complex or what caused the fire. The 200,000 square-foot Atlanta studio includes five sound stages, a 5-acre pond, a 400-seat theater, a chapel, a commissary, a gymnasium, his 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, after Miracle on 34th Street, according to the studio website.
Hopefully no film was lost in the fire as Tyler prepares to release two more movies this year. His second release, “Madea’s Witness Protection” is due in theaters June 29. So far, he hasn’t released a statement on the incident.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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