Hours after fire, busy NW Atlanta road reopens

Nearly 10 hours after a huge fire engulfed two vacant apartment buildings, Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway reopened.

However, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported ongoing delays west of I-285

The blaze started about 2:30 a.m. Thursday on nearby Bolton Road, Atlanta fire Sgt. Cortez Stafford said.

Although authorities got the fire under control in about two hours and no one was injured, firefighters encountered problems.

“There was no way to enter the structures due to heavy fire and structural instability,” Stafford said.

Credit: Atlanta Fire Rescue

Credit: Atlanta Fire Rescue

Additionally, two fire hydrants did not have water and a third had low water pressure.

“Water had to be relayed from a hydrant on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, which is over 2,000 feet away,” Stafford said.

The Department of Watershed Management was called to the scene to repair the flow of water to the hydrants.

Credit: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Credit: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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