The Gist: An electrical fire at a Midtown Atlanta high-rise critically injured two contractors during routine electrical system upgrades.
The Details: The fire occurred at 271 17th Street NW, near the Atlantic Station. Atlanta Fire officials reported that the contractors were working on the 15th floor when they suffered severe electrical shocks.
The Atlanta Police Department responded to the scene around 3 p.m., initially treating it as a potential explosion. However, it was confirmed as an electrical fire, quickly contained by the building’s fire suppression system. The two injured contractors were taken to Grady Hospital for medical treatment.
In Context: The high-rise building is a commercial hub, housing various law firms and an office for U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff. The incident did not disrupt the nearby Atlantic Station’s scheduled events, including a tree-lighting.