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A bridge on I-85 northbound just south of Ga. 400 collapsed. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
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- A massive fire was reported on I-85 about 6:30 p.m.
- A bridge collapsed about 7 p.m.
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The bridge on I-85 northbound just south of Ga. 400 near Piedmont Road collapsed about 7 p.m., Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford said.
No injuries to motorists or first responders were reported.
“We do have the fire under control,” Stafford said.
Route 27: Due to Interstate Fire: Buses are experiencing heavy delays due to road closure & re-routes.
— MARTA (@MARTASERVICE) March 31, 2017
A bridge on I-85 northbound just south of Ga. 400 collapsed about 7 p.m. Thursday.
Gov. Nathan Deal said Georgia Department of Transportation inspectors are on the scene and that the construction crew that built the bridge has been contacted to look at the schematics and determine how long it will take to repair.
He said the cause of the fire is not yet known but “the speculation I’ve heard is that there are some PVC products that caught fire.”
Google Earth images shows the PVC piping that was under the I-85 bridge along Piedmont Road where a fire broke out Thursday night. (Credit: Google Earth)
Spokesman Eric Burton said all MARTA trains are running as normal and have not been affected by the fire.
“MARTA seems like your best bet to get out of the city,” Burton said.
Some bus routes have been affected, MARTA reported.
.@GovernorDeal says there have been no casualties reported in bridge collapse. Cause of fire unknown. #gapol pic.twitter.com/gbFpbSfnEd
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 31, 2017
Capt. Mark Perry of the Georgia State Patrol said terrorism is not suspected, but they don't know what started the fire. At first they thought it was a car burning, but later said it could have been something else, Perry said.
Troopers based in Atlanta were working about 7:45 p.m. to get cars on the interstate turned around.
"We're trying to find a way to get those people off the interstate," Perry said.
All lanes on the interstate remain blocked. Earlier, heavy black smoke could be seen for miles.
JUST IN: A viewer sent us this photo of the fire as it started underneath I-85. It has now caused part of the road to collapse. Live on CH 2 pic.twitter.com/7VjGyAfedR
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) March 30, 2017
GDOT warned all motorists to stay off I-85 near Midtown.
PHOTOS: I-85 shut down by fire, heavy smoke
GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said the interstate will be closed in both directions “for the foreseeable future.”
All lanes on I-85 are closed due to heavy black smoke from a massive fire. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
Drivers are being asked to turn around on 13 South. We are 200 yards away from the scene. More @wsbtv. pic.twitter.com/vW7VrF9Q6c
— Nefertiti Jáquez (@NefertitiWSB) March 30, 2017
During the fire, the flames appeared to be coming from underneath the interstate. Fire officials had asked drivers in the area to keep their windows closed.
5 things to know about the fiery I-85 bridge collapse
A resident of the Peninsula at Buckhead, Paula Pontes, said when her home went dark she thought it was an incoming storm.
“It got dark all of a sudden so I turned on the news to see if it was the rain,” Pontes told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.