Atlanta firefighters respond to a fire at a parking deck on Decatur Street in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday morning. 

Downtown streets reopen after fire at parking deck

Some streets in downtown Atlanta were blocked to traffic for a few hours Tuesday morning while authorities investigated a car fire in a parking deck.

Wall Street between Peachtree Street and Pryor Street and Decatur Street between Park Place and Peachtree Street were closed from about 8:30 a.m. to just before 10 a.m. The roads were closed as a safety precaution to give firefighters room to operate, Atlanta fire Sgt. Cortez Stafford told


A car fire was put out quickly on the second level of a parking deck at Decatur and Peachtree streets, he said. The deck was closed while investigators were on scene.

A fire on the second floor of a parking deck temporarily closed two downtown Atlanta streets to traffic. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Fire personnel first responded about 8:30 a.m. when a woman pulled into the parking deck and noticed her car smoking. By the time the first fire engine unit arrived, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames, Stafford said.


“It was adjacent to another vehicle,” he said. “One other vehicle did get burned, but not as bad as the other vehicle that was fully involved.”

They used a ladder truck to get water to the second level to contain the blaze.

“Fortunately, for parking decks there is some space horizontally, but probably the most critical factor would be to prevent the spread of fire to other vehicles,” Stafford said. “The smoke goes up and starts to bank down, and so all that smoke has the potential to come back down on top of our firefighters, so we’ve got to get on it quickly.”

No one was injured as a result of the fire. 

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