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Driver killed in crash that ignites fire at antique shop

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WHITE HOUSE, TN (WSMV) -

Two families are grieving after a car crash sparked a raging fire at a historic Middle Tennessee business, killing the driver.

The ensuing flames left a family-owned store in ruins Tuesday evening along Highway 31 in White House.

Family members say 33-year-old Gary "Kris" Leggett died when his vehicle struck a gas main and plowed into the Stone Cottage Antique Shop.

"He will definitely be missed," said Constance Luttrell, sister of the driver.

Flames could be seen for miles as witnesses watched in horror while a staple of the White House community nearly burned to the ground.

"It's just devastating," store owner Richard Lane said. "When we got here, the flames were 50 feet above the roof line or more."

Leggett had just left work at Amazon.com and was going for a bite to eat. Luttrell said he was a fantastic brother, uncle and son, and she'll always remember his generosity.

"He'd give you the shirt off his back. I don't care if he just met you. He liked everybody," she said.

Richard and Lynn Lane said they never met Leggett, but they're not surprised by his sister's description of him.

The Lanes say the tight-knit community is filled with people who give their all.

The building that was destroyed in the crash and fire was nearly 100 years old, and the Lanes had bought it six years ago.

The little antique store was adored by people who purchased everything from lawn ornaments to statues there.

"We put a tremendous amount of work effort and love into this business for six years. We've been embraced by the city and all the people that live here," Richard Lane said.

Now, the community is missing one less person, as they cling to each other for comfort.

Luttrell said her brother likely had some sort of medical emergency before the crash.

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