Mattress fire under a bridge shuts down Buford Highway in Brookhaven

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 17, 2017

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This story has been updated. 

Atlanta’s traffic woes continue.

Following the burning of a section of I-85 on March 30 and the buckling of a section of I-20 today, another fire ignited under a roadway this evening, this time in Brookhaven.

Capt. Eric Jackson, spokesperson for the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department, said there was a “mattress fire” under a bridge over Peachtree Creek bridge. He said the bridge may be compromised and the Georgia Department of Transportation is conducting an assessment.

Jackson said a homeless person lives under the bridge in a set up that’s “like a little living quarters.” It’s not clear how the fire stated.

“They’re waiting for DOT to come and take a look at it to see what’s the deal, if they need to limit the amount of traffic going over that bridge or what,” Jackson said.

The fire prompted the Brookhaven to close Buford Highway in both directions between North Druid and West Druid Hills Road.

The fire is eerily reminiscent of the fire that took out a section of I-85 in Atlanta on March 30. That was allegedly caused by a man after he had a conversation about smoking crack under the interstate. But the Georgia Department of Transportation is also facing pointed questions about its decision to store materials under the bridge.

The materials under the Peachtree Creek bridge are described only as “debris” by the Brookhaven Police Department.

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