Fire investigators may never determine what caused the massive fire at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on Tuesday. Atlanta's fire chief says the blaze was so intense that officials don't believe they will be able to discover its source, reports the Journal-Constitution.
"The cause of the fire will be recorded as undetermined," Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran said in an emailed statement Wednesday afternoon. "The intensity of the fire in the area of origin consumed any evidence that would lead to a cause of ignition."
Atlanta Fire Department Capt. Jolyon Bundrige said Wednesday that the fire damaged the exterior of the building, but "due to the concrete masonry construction behind the exterior fascia, fire did not penetrate the interior of the building." The interior did suffer some water damage, he said.
The intense and fast-moving blaze shot flames "as high as six stories" into the air. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to one building on the backlot of Perry's 30-acre complex in southwest Atlanta. Luckily there were no injuries.
The 200,000-square foot studio opened in 2008. The complex is home to sets, sound stages and the production of the TBS sitcom Meet the Browns, based on the popular musical and its screen adaptation. Tyler Perry's newest film Madea's Witness Protection is scheduled to open June 29.
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