On Friday (Mar. 31), three suspects were detained in connection with the fire that caused a large section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta to collapse. Authorities arrested Basil Eleby, Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas, but believe that Eleby is the one who set the fire after Thomas gave an account of the events leading up to the fire.
“Mr. Thomas watched Basil Eleby place a chair on top of a shopping cart, reach under the shopping cart and ignited it,” as it states in the arrest warrant. But Eleby claims he “left the area before the fire started.” Eleby admitted to being in the area of the fire around 4 p.m., where he “discussed smoking crack cocaine” with the other two suspects.Eleby was charged with arson, first-degree criminal damage to property and criminal trespass. Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas were charged with criminal trespass.
After appearing in Fulton County Court on April 1, Eleby’s bond was set at $200,000.