After television coverage of the fire aired, Perry visited Rosa Lee Ransby's neighborhood and pledged to rent her a house for a year, pay for utilities and furniture, and build a new home on her property, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported.
Ransby and her 4-year-old great-granddaughter safely escaped the burning home in Coweta County, where she had lived for 40 years.
"It's just good, you know," Ransby said. "I didn't think I had no friends, but I found out I got some."
The actor's generosity surprised the family and firefighters.
"It's made my Christmas. I've been doing this a long time, seen a lot of bad things come and go but this is special," Coweta Fire Chief Todd Moore said.
The house Perry rented for Ransby is only a few doors down from her home that burned.
Construction of the new home will start in January.
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