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A portion of Interstate 85 has collapsed as a massive fire rages in Atlanta.
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A fire collapsed a portion of a heavily trafficked interstate in Atlanta Thursday. While the fire was contained Thursday night, damages to the interstate will remain a problem for commuters for months. About 220,000 people drive that section of the interstate every day, according to Georgia Department of Transportation.

Here’s what you should know:

What happened:

A fire collapsed the northbound lanes of Interstate 85 Thursday night.

The fire, which started around 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday, broke out near the Buford-Spring Connector and the road gave way around 7 p.m. The blaze was contained by 8 p.m., though firefighters continued to tamp the smoldering embers as commuters hit the road Friday morning.

What caused the fire:

Authorities still do not know the cause of the fire. The area where the fire originated, he said, was storage for high-density plastic conduit used for cabling and fiber optics. He said the material isn’t combustible.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said that city officials have spoken with the FBI and “there is no evidence that this is related to terrorism.”

Did anyone die?

There were no fatalities or injuries reported.

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How long will repairs take:


While there’s no word on exactly how long repairs will take, officials said it will take “at least several months.”

Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry said hundreds of feet of both the north and southbound parts of…