Atlanta blaze echos 1996 Interstate 95 fire in Philadelphia (VIDEO)

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A fire erupted under I-95 in Philadephia in March, 1996. David Murphy reports. (WPVI)

The fire on Thursday that destroyed part of Interstate 85 in Atlanta, Georgia recalled a similar fire in Philadelphia more than 20 years ago.

The blaze in Atlanta caused a section of the highway to collapse.

VIDEO: Atlanta highway overpass collapses after fire
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A fire led to the collapse of an interstate overpass in Atlanta on Thursday, March 31.


The 1996 fire under I-95 in the Port Richmond section didn't cause quite as much damage, but it was still a massive headache.

The highway was either closed or partially closed for months for repairs.

The flames were fueled by illegally dumped tires underneath the overpass.

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