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Blaze hits backlot at Tyler Perry Atlanta studios

Associated Press Modified: May 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm •  Published: May 2, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) — The cause of a fire that ripped through a simulated streetscape at the studios of Atlanta filmmaker Tyler Perry may never be known, Atlanta fire officials said Wednesday.

The Tuesday evening blaze at Tyler Perry Studios in southwest Atlanta will be recorded as undetermined, Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran said in an emailed statement.

"The intensity of the fire in the area of origin consumed any evidence that would lead to a cause of ignition," Cochran said.

There were no reports of injuries from the blaze that began shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday and burned through the exterior facade of a large building, Atlanta fire spokesman 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 that stand 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 four-alarm blaze. Perry — whose films include "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," ''Why Did I Get Married?" and "Daddy's Little Girls" — was at the complex Tuesday night and spoke with Cochran.

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