A suspect in the Atlanta arson that collapsed an Interstate 85 bridge reportedly discussed smoking crack cocaine at the time of the fire, court documents showed.
Basil Eleby, 39, was charged with arson. Two other people were charged with criminal trespass in the incident, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Eleby told officers he met Barry Thomas and Sophia Brauer beneath the bridge and discussed smoking crack but decided he would "consume the drugs by himself" and left before the fire started.
WATCH | Here's a look at the massive fire.
Barry Thomas, one of the people charged with trespass, gave a conflicting report. He told police he saw Eleby put a chair on top of a shopping car and light a fire under it. All three people were reportedly homeless and lived near the bridge.
In addition to the arson charge, Eleby faces a charge of criminal damage to property. Judge James Altman said he considered setting bond, currently at $200,000, at an amount closer to the amount of damage the fire caused.
"That would amount to hundreds of millions of dollars," Altman said, explaining his decision not to increase the bond.
Interstate 85, which USA Today reports carries 250,000 vehicles daily, was reopened on Saturday, though a timeline for the bridge's repair is not yet clear.