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Man detained after brush fire near I-85 bridge collapse site


Highlights

The fire occurred near the site of the I-85 fire and bridge collapse. 

Atlanta police have detained a man in connection with a small brush fire near the I-85 northbound ramp at Cheshire Bridge Road, Officer Donald Hannah said. 

The fire was just north of the Ga. 400 exit, near the site of the recent I-85 bridge collapse.

Hannah said the area was quickly contained and an investigation was underway. 

No other details were released on Monday’s fire, the second in less than a month in the area. 

I-85 has been shut down since March 30 when a fire engulfed part of the interstate. In less than 24 hours after the fire, officials arrested Basil Eleby, 39, after two witnesses told authorities he placed a chair inside a shopping cart and set it on fire. The flames spread to high-density plastic conduit stored under the bridge by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

RELATED: Atlanta bridge collapse: Who is to blame?

He was indicted on arson and criminal damage to property charges April 7 and could face 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted. 

RELATED: 7 things we know about the I-85 bridge collapse 

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