Atlanta police arrest 3 over fire and bridge collapse

Three suspects have been identified in connection to the raging inferno under busy Interstate 85 in Atlanta Thursday evening that led to the collapse of an overpass.

The fire started right in the middle of rush hour and left motorists stranded on the interstate for hours.

The Atlanta Fire Investigators announced Friday evening that three people were detained in connection with the fire, and one remains in custody with charges directly related to the fire.   “Additional charges may be added as the investigation progresses,” the announcement concluded.

A large number of rolls of highly flammable plastic conduit pipe was being stored underneath the highway, where the fire started.

According to NBC 11 News, the three suspects have been identified as Basil Eleby, Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas. Eleby is the one identified as actually having started the fire, but authorities have stated they believe all three were together during the incident.

Interstate 85 in Atlanta is described as one of the busiest highways in the nation, and carries about 400,000 cars through the city daily.  Officials say 700 feet of the highway must now be replaced, which could take months to complete and may cost as much as $10 million in federal funds.

In the meantime, commuters must now find alternative routes to work, and possibly add hours onto their travel time each day.

 

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