Saturday, April 1, 2017

Three Charged In Connection To Highway Fire

Three people, all believed to be homeless, have been arrested in connection to the fire that caused the collapse of a section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta.  Basil Eleby was charged with arson and criminal damage, while Barry Thomas and Sophia Brunner were charged with trespassing.  Eleby has a long criminal record, mostly for drugs-related offenses.

The fire started in a storage area under the highway, which contained construction materials such as high-density polyethylene.  Authorities have not yet indicated what kind of material was used to start the fire, or the motive for starting the fire.

This incident reminds me of the claim by 9/11 "Truthers" that fire can't melt steel.  As seen from what happened to this section of highway, it would appear that fire can indeed cause steel structures to collapse.

Read more at AJC(dot)com, WSB-TV, Georgia Newsday and CNN.

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