Massive fire burning under I-85 in Atlanta

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.

Traffic was backed up for miles on either side of the fire, which sent heavy black smoke billowing over the Atlanta skyline. Drivers should also avoid I-85 South into town. There is no indication how the fire started.

The fire began burning on Piedmont Road, underneath Interstate 85 around rush hour.

All lanes of the highway were blocked and will be closed for the foreseeable future, officials said.

It's unclear what caused the fire, the Atlanta Fire Department.

Update, 7:48 pm: Reports are claiming specialized foam-spraying firetrucks from the airport on the scene, which are meant to deal with plane crashes and fuel fires.

  • Leroy Wright