Cell tower fire closes Rockbridge Road, evacuates day care

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a cell phone tower at Rockbridge and Lilburn-Stone Mountain roads near Lilburn on Friday.

LILBURN A cellphone tower fire in the 500 block of Lilburns Rockbridge Road shut down the busy thoroughfare before rush hour Friday and evacuated a daycare and two nearby homes, officials said.

A transmission cable running the length of the 150-foot tower caught fire when a telecommunications crew was welding near the summit about 4 p.m., Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

As a precaution, authorities closed Rockbridge Road between Arcado Road and Lilburn-Stone Mountain Road. Crews were still wetting hot spots around the tower about 5:30 p.m.

Were not completely sure what the damage is going to be to the tower structure itself, Rutledge said. It is leaning somewhat.

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