- One man faces charge of first-degree criminal damage to property
- It will take "at least several months" to rebuild sections of Interstate 85, officials say
Atlanta (CNN)A man has been arrested on suspicion of intentionally setting a huge fire that brought down part of an elevated interstate highway in Atlanta, a collapse that is expected to complicate traffic for months in one of the nation's most congested cities.
What was under the highway?
220,000-plus: Estimated number of cars that drive through that stretch of I-85 daily
6:12 p.m. ET Thursday: Atlanta firefighters get first call about the fire
Around 7 p.m.: Part of the interstate collapses
40 feet: Height of the wall of fire
350 feet: Length of the sections of I-85 that need to be replaced in each direction
50%: Traffic increase on the I-285 bypass the day after the collapse