Homeless man indicted on charges stemming from I-85 fire, collapse

ATLANTA -- The man accused of setting the fire that ultimately led to the collapse of a portion of I-85 has been indicted on charges stemming from the incident.

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office confirmed that 39-year-old Basil Eleby was indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury on charges of arson in the first degree and criminal damage to property in the first degree.

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Eleby is accused of starting lighting a chair on fire after placing it on a shopping cart - allegedly while under the influence of drugs. Investigators say the fire grew so intense that it actually caused the collapse of a full segment of the road when it spread to other items being stored there.

Also facing charges are 39-year-old Sophia Brauer and 57-year-old Barry Andrew Thomas who each were cited for misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Eleby's preliminary hearing will be on April 14. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

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