271 17th Street NW on November 18, 2023.
ATLANTA – Atlanta police and firefighters said they flocked en masse to a high-rise building in Atlantic Station after reports of an explosion Saturday.
A spokesperson for the police department told FOX 5 that several people were injured at 271 17th Street NW. Atlanta Fire issued an update saying two workers were electrocuted while “performing routine electrical system upgrades on the 15th floor onsite.”
Firefighters said the two workers suffered a severe electrical shock shortly after 3 p.m. The electrocution sparked a small fire that was contained to the 15th floor due to the operation of the sprinkler system, according to their statement.
An Atlantic Station spokesperson released the following statement to FOX 5:
“This afternoon, at the office building at 271 17th Street, an electrical construction incident occurred, which ignited a small fire that was quickly contained by the building’s fire suppression system . There was no explosion, as erroneously reported. Two workers were injured in the building incident, both in stable condition and still under medical supervision. We continue to monitor their condition.
“We appreciate the quick response of first responders and the management teams of Building 271 and Atlantic Station.”
Senator Jon Ossoff’s Atlanta office is located in the building. His team released the following statement on his behalf:
“Our office thanks Atlanta Fire and Rescue and all law enforcement who responded today. Senator Ossoff and our team are keeping the injured workers in our prayers.”