A man suspected of starting a fire that brought down a highway bridge in Atlanta is charged with criminal damage to property and arson and his bond is set at $200,000. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Basil Eleby was charged with criminal damage to property and arson in connection to Atlanta's Interstate 85 fire. His bond is set two-hundred-thousand dollars, Saturday (April 1). A second court hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on April 14th. Until then, he will remain in custody at the Atlanta City Jail. Three people were in custody Friday in connection with the fiery collapse of a major interstate highway bridge running through the heart of Atlanta. Officials said it would take months to repair the damage. No one was hurt when the span gave way on Thursday evening as a fire raged beneath it, sending thick black smoke into the air and briefly igniting a fireball before the structure fell in on itself, snarling traffic. Inspectors have determined that at least 700 feet (213 meters) of Interstate 85 must be replaced, including three sections of the northbound bridge and three on the southbound side, as well as their support columns, officials said. Three people were taken into custody in connection with the fire, said Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commission. Basil Eleby, was charged with criminal damage to property; the others, Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas, were each charged with criminal trespass, he said. All appeared to be transients, Allen said.