Tyler Perry

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Tyler Perry's father is unharmed after a fire destroyed his Louisiana home Monday night.

According to reports from WBRZ, Emmitt Perry Sr. and his daughter escaped their Greensburg house after he heard something "popping" in the attic. 

"I went upstairs...I couldn't smell no smoke. I didn't see nothing burning," he told the station. After inspecting his attack with a flashlight, he headed outside to his backyard where he noticed smoke around his chimney. His daughter, who was returning home at the time, called the fire department. 

While dozens of firefighters used thousands of gallons of water to put out the flames, according to WBRZ's report, the home is considered a "total loss." The Hollywood star reportedly had the house built for his mother before she passed away. 

Still, Perry, Sr. was able to see the silver lining. "I made it out alive," he said in an interview with the ABC station. "If it wouldn't have happened then, me and my daughter would've probably been in there, and we would have burned up." 

His filmmaker son has not yet issued any comment.  

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