ATLANTA — Buford Freeway close to Lenox Highway in northeast Atlanta is again open after a hearth broke out at an encampment beneath a bridge Sunday morning.
Atlanta Hearth Rescue Division mentioned the fireplace began earlier than 11:00 a.m. and black smoke was billowing across the roadway.
As soon as crews put the fireplace out, the Georgia Division of Transportation moved in to examine the integrity of the bridge.
Information Chopper 2 was flying overhead as staff deemed it protected. Police reopened the roadway round 3:00 pm.
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“Behind these fires are people,” mentioned Tracy Thompson.
Thompson is the founding father of The Elizabeth Basis, Inc.
She has devoted her profession to serving to discover houses and well being companies.
“I used to go to the encampments to fulfill the folks, and it took time to ascertain belief,” mentioned Thompson.
When the camp below Buford Freeway caught on fireplace Sunday, she was one of many first to know.
“Fires are set for a lot of causes one being for warmth, one being to cook dinner, one other being to boil water for bathing,” mentioned Thompson.
She instructed Channel 2′s Courtney Francisco the camp that’s working below Buford Freeway close to Lenox Highway is likely one of the largest in Atlanta.
She mentioned some have lived there for practically a decade. For the previous 4 months, she mentioned groups have been working to quickly rehouse them via a metropolis initiative known as Raise 2.0.
“We’ve been working intently with that group to assist get them document-ready and housed as a result of they’re going to be clearing that,” mentioned Thompson. “So, it’s already been within the course of, and a few weeks in the past, they fenced it off. So, they’re about performed there.”
It’s lower than a mile from the encampment that caught on fireplace below Cheshire Bridge Rd. in December.
That street continues to be closed for repairs.
State inspectors with the Georgia Division of Transportation decided Buford Freeway was protected to cross about 4 hours after Sunday’s fireplace.
Thompson is relieved everybody survived however mentioned it’s a reminder that not everyone seems to be housed but.
She mentioned her staff desperately wants extra volunteers to assist transfer folks into new residences and houses.
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