Fire causes interstate overpass to collapse in Atlanta


No injuries were reported.

According to CBS46, the fire underneath the interstate burned for 45 minutes before the road collapsed next to Piedmont Road below. Drivers should also avoid I-85 South into town.

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After the collapse, around 7:30pm EST, Sgt. Cortez Stafford of the Atlanta Fire Department told Fox 5 Atlanta the fire was being "contained" and that no firefighters were injured.

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Atlanta Police said the fire is being caused by piles of electrical wiring that is burning under the I-85 overpass near the Lindbergh MARTA station. That prospect sent shudders through metro Atlanta commuters, who already contend with heavy traffic.

The fire broke out at around 6 p.m. Atlanta fire officials said they have struck at least two alarms to try to fight the fire.

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