Placer County Investigators continue searching for an arsonist, as community members help their neighbor piece his business back together.
Andy Laughlin was living his dream. After managing Tahoe City Kayak for a couple of years, he bought the business this past winter. Just as he geared up for the busy Forth of July holiday, someone ripped him off and set fire to his shop.
Laughlin says he's devastated by the loss, but he also says he's overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from employees, friends and neighbors. He says people keep stopping by to help with everything from shoveling debris, to donating office supplies.
Laughlin says he's hoping to rent temporary retail space in Tahoe City to continue operating his business, until they can rebuild on North Lake Blvd.
The Tahoe City Kayak Fund was set up at Bank of America for donations. The account number is 06093-40329.
Anyone with information on the arson fire and burglary, is urged to contact the Placer County Sheriff's Office.