That smoke you saw coming from behind the Georgia Dome Sunday afternoon is the end result of a fire that consumed an abandoned warehouse.
As of late Sunday night, firefighters were still putting out hotspots that were flaring up at the old building on Mayson Turner Road in northwest Atlanta.
Even though the sign out front says “Plywood Supply,” firefighters say the old building still had plenty of plastics and paper left over from the previous business.
“It’s deeply imbedded with paper, plastics and other combustibles,” Atlanta fire Battalion Chief James McLemore told Channel 2 Action News. “We are going to be here for a while.”
There were no reports of injuries. But nearby residents spent the evening worrying about the smoke.
"You need an asthma pump for it,” said Bobbie Samples, as she sprayed Lysol throughout her apartment just to make it livable. “It was just that bad.”
Sample says she is just going to keep the windows open until “the lord sends some wind through here to clear it out.”
The smoke billowing up from behind the Georgia Dome could be seen for miles, bringing out onlookers from everywhere.
“We could see it from South Cobb,” said one onlooker. “We just decided to trace it down over here.”
Investigators have not said what started Sunday’s blaze that broke out around 4:30 p.m.
The abandoned metal warehouse was once used for recycling and used to be the site of the Thickett & Brown mop factory.
Fire officials there was a fire at this same location in March of 2011.