Suspect in I-85 bridge fire indicted on felony charges

Basil Eleby is accused of starting a fire that led to the I-85 bridge collapse. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

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Basil Eleby is accused of starting a fire that led to the I-85 bridge collapse. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

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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