A massive fire damaged Tyler Perry's Atlanta film studio Tuesday night, partially collapsing at least one building on the lot.
It took more than 100 firefighters several hours to bring the blaze under control. No one one was injured.
Several eyewitnesses reported hearing explosions and seeing flames from a distance, which they at first thought were part of a film production.
Atlanta Fire Department Capt. Jolyon Bundrige told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the concrete masonry construction of the building prevented the fire from penetrating the interior of the building. Most of the damage was limited to the back lot façade.
A spokesman for the studio issued a statement Wednesday expressing Mr. Perry's "heartfelt thanks to the Atlanta Fire Department for their professionalism in their quick response and limiting the damage."
The 200,000-square-foot studio is the Christian filmmaker's home base for his various TV and movie projects. Perry opened the lot in October 2008.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.