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Elkins man charged with setting fire to his own business

ELKINS, W.Va. — The owner of an Elkins trucking company has been arrested for allegedly setting his business on fire last year.

James Collins, 43, of Elkins, is charged with one count of first-degree arson, three counts of third-degree arson, one count of burning insured property, and one count of conspiracy.

He was arrested by investigators with the state Fire Marshal’s Office Wednesday.

There was a fire at Collins’ Anytime Trucking Company on May 25, 2020. It caused an estimated $60,000 in damages.

Investigators arrested Elwood “Lynn” Hebb, a former worker at the company, last week. He’s also charged with arson.

Hebb and Collins are both being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail. Collins’ bail is set at $100,000.

The fire remains under investigation.

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