Tuesday, January 26, 2021

T.I. Not Buying ‘Crackhead’ Connection to Atlanta Freeway Fire

T.I. performs during V-103 Live Pop Up Concert at Philips Arena on March 25, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.
T.I. performs during V-103 Live Pop Up Concert at Philips Arena on March 25, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

*T.I. says something doesn’t sound right about the way Atlanta’s I-85 freeway caught on fire.

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the massive inferno that collapsed a heavily traveled stretch of the freeway, and reports say one of them, 39-year-old Basil Eleby smoked crack before allegedly starting the blaze.

“Now I’ve heard some far out sh*t in my day…but this sh*t here tho?!?!,” Tip wrote, noting that “something” doesn’t add up about the report. “In all my experiences wit crack &/or crackheads I ain’t NEVER seen nothing like this sh*t!!!”

Eleby has been charged with first-degree arson and felony criminal damage to property. His bond has been set at $200,000.

Two additional suspects, Barry Thomas and Sophia Brauer, were arrested as well.

Read Tip’s full post below.



  1. I read the day fire happened online (ajc.com) that some construction company had stored some things close to where the fired started. I wasn’t able to find that article but now the government there is re-thinking storing materials there,here is an excerpt from the ajc.com article:

    At the press conference, GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said the agency is re-evaluating its practice of storing construction materials underneath state bridges. Authorities say a homeless man set a chair on fire under the I-85 bridge, sparking the blaze that was fed by construction material GDOT stored there.

    McMurry has said it’s a common practice for transportation departments across the country to store material under highway bridges. But he said Monday that he has informed other departments about the I-85 event so they can review their own policies.==============================================================

    Now this is the conversation with witnesses ( at the time anyway) that led to an arrest(s). Also from the ajc.com

    “And you were cooperative?” Winne asked her.

    “Yes, sir,” Brauer said.

    Brauer indicated she had seen Basil Eleby put what she believed to be crack in a cart shortly before the fire that would cause the bridge collapse.

    She said Thomas saw Eleby pile a sofa on top of a plastic shopping cart and then reach underneath.

    Brauer said sometime later she saw the sofa on fire.

    “It was all burning. It was hot as hell. I’m talking about the Target cart was melting,” Brauer told Winne.

    She said the sofa was flush up against the spools of tubing that are stored beneath the overpass.

    “I was praying nobody died, you know?” Brauer said.

    Brauer said investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and from the Atlanta Fire Department and the state fire marshal’s office questioned her and Thomas for about seven hours, gave them citations for misdemeanor criminal trespass and let them leave.

    The state fire marshal said Eleby is charged with arson and criminal damage to property.==================================================================================

    Once a fire starts there is no controlling it, if the fire gets a chance to gain momentum.

    But to alleviate any fears or protect big business the law could be looking for a scapegoat.At this point ,especially with that conversation above I have to agree with Mr.Harris


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