Portion of I-85 collapses due to massive fire

ATLANTA - It appears a portion of Interstate 85 near Piedmont Road has collapsed after a massive fire broke out under the busy highway during afternoon rush hour traffic. Piedmont Road and a portion of the Buford Connector are also closed.

GDOT is diverting all traffic off the interstate. Traffic northbound is being diverted on I-75 northbound. Southbound traffic on I-85 is being diverted at both North Druid Hills and Clairmont roads. Southbound traffic on Georgia 400 is being diverted at Lenox Road.

The fire broke out around 6 p.m. SKYFOX 5 was came across the scene near the MARTA train barn.

Atlanta fire officials said they have struck at least two alarms to try to fight the fire. They believe the fire was fueld by giant spools of plastic utility conduits which were being stored under the overpass.

Prior to the collapse, structural engineers told FOX 5 News that they are worried about the fire melting the metal under the bridge because of the intense heat.

A dark smoke plume could be seen for miles around the fire.

No firefighters were hurt in fighting the blaze.

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Huge fire causes Atlanta highway to collapse (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A massive blaze underneath Interstate-85 in Atlanta, Georgia, has engulfed and destroyed a portion of the highway and left cars stuck both north and southbound.

I-85 northbound collapsed at Piedmont Road after less than an hour of the flames being reported.

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.

Stafford did not confirm the source of the fire, but previously Fox 5 Atlanta had reported plastic conduit, which protects electrical wiring, was suspected to have fueled the inferno.

Massive fire causes Atlanta interstate to partially collapse

Flames are erupting underneath an Atlanta interstate as black smoke is billowing under all sides. Local officials are on the scene and working to determine a cause.

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