Accused bridge burner: ‘Thanks to everybody for their support’

Basil Eleby -- the man accused of setting the fire that led to the collapse of a section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta -- spoke publicly for the first time last week.

At a status hearing on Friday, Eleby looked far different than the homeless, disheveled 39-year-old accused 2 ½ months ago of starting the I-85 bridge fire on March 30.

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This time in court, Eleby sported a black suit and tie.

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After the hearing, he spoke for the first time publicly, speaking softly to reporters: “Thanks to everybody for their support.”

Read more about the case against Eleby at


Basil Eleby, charged in I-85 fire, thanks supporters after hearing.

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