7 things to know about Atlanta’s I-85 bridge collapse


Questions abound a day after crews battled a massive fire on I-85 northbound just south of Ga. 400 when a section of the highway collapsed.

It took an hour for fire officials to extinguish the fire. It will take Atlanta commuters and city officials weeks and maybe months to adjust to the new normal of being devoid of the major thoroughfare and connector for the greater Southeast.

Later, Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency.

Here are seven things we know so far:  

What caused the fire?

As of Friday evening, the cause is unknown. However, Channel 2 Action News reported that because flames appeared to be coming from underneath the interstate, the PVC piping under the interstate may have been on fire. Atlanta Fire Chief Joel Baker said he’s not sure what temperature is required to cause a bridge collapse, but the plastic materials stored under the bridge played a factor in the high temperature.

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