John Collins (Courtesy: Claiborne Co. Sheriff's Office)
HARROGATE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Police have arrested one man for robbing a Harrogate business right before it went up in flames Monday morning. John David Collins was arrested after officers responding to an accident reportedly found items taken from Hunley Repair as well as another tractor-trailer garage in Middlesboro.
The suspect, also known as Little John, is charged with DUI and Theft over $2,000 and is currently being held in the Claiborne Co. Jail. The items recovered from his car are being sent to a lab for further analysis.
Authorities are investigating the fire as an arson. It began around 6:00 a.m. Rick Davis, the City's Volunteer Fire Chief, described the blast as the "largest he's seen."
Several fire crews from the Harrogate Fire Dept. responded to the scene as well as teams from Speedwell and Cumberland Gap.
No one was injured in the explosion.