FRYEBURG, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- People in one East Fryeburg neighborhood are very concerned after a rash of burglaries in the area over the past two weeks. And on Tuesday, there was an arson fire at the home of a family that was already going through a lot.
Calvin Johnson lost his father just 10 days before Tuesday morning's fire at the home he shares with his fiancee and children at 61 Belair Estates Road. Johnson and his fiancee, who have three children between them, were staying at his mother's home to help her prepare for the service, when they got the phone call that the house was on fire.
No one was injured, but almost everything they own burned, and police say the house was burglarized, too. They didn't have renter's insurance.
Johnson says he is amazed at how quickly the community has come to his family's aid, setting up a fund for the family online. You can click here to donate.
Johnson said, "I didn't realize that so many people that you don't know -- or that you do know -- they have come through so much.... There aren't enough words to thank people."
Police and the State Fire Marshal's office are now investigating. There have been a half dozen burglaries in just a quarter mile area of East Fryeburg in the past two weeks. Police say some of the usual items, like cash, phones and cars, have been stolen, but there has been some unusual things, too. They aren't getting into details.
Chief Philip Weymouth said police are now doing regular patrols in the area, and are asking anyone who has information to give them a call at 935-3323.