Please note what’s common in this picture of life in Atlanta today:
Deputy Insurance Commissioner Jay Florence confirms the suspects were arrested Friday.
He identified them as Basil Eleby, Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas. Eleby faces a charge of criminal damage to property, while Bruner and Thomas were each charged with criminal trespass.
‘We believe they were together when the fire was set and Eleby is the one who set the fire,’ Florence told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Eleby appears to have a criminal past which included a cocaine arrest.
Florence would not discuss how the fire was started or why, saying those details would be released as the investigation progresses.
However, he said the suspects used ‘available materials’ at the site.
All three may have been homeless, Florence added, although it is not clear whether they had lived at the site beneath the highway, according to the AJC.
Florence did not have ages or hometowns of the three, all of whom were being held at the Fulton County Jail.
He didn’t say how they ended up being suspects but noted they were interviewed throughout the day and law enforcement subsequently made the arrests.
On Friday, crews were seen working to restore the bridge after the blaze collapsed a portion of I-85.
Atlanta residents will likely face travel chaos as construction crews repair the fragmented section of the exceptionally busy motorway.
Officials have said that the reconstruction of the damaged areas could take several months – prompting a travel disaster for more than 225,000 vehicles that use the segment of the roadway daily.
The city’s first responders said part of the highway collapsed due to the fire that broke out under the bridge.