Suspect in I-85 bridge fire indicted on felony charges

By: Raisa Habersham, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


ATLANTA - The man accused of starting a fire that led to the I-85 bridge collapse was indicted Friday on felony arson and criminal damage to property charges, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said. 

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Officials say Basil Eleby allegedly smoked crack cocaine before placing a chair in a shopping cart and setting it on fire, leading to the March 30 collapse. 

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Two witnesses to the fire, Sophia Brauer and Barry Andrew Thomas, were cited for criminal trespass. 

Eleby faces 25 years in prison and $50,000 fine. 

He remains in the Fulton County jail on a $200,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court April 14. 

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