3 kids, dad killed in Maine home fire; mom escapes

Associated Press Modified: November 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm •  Published: November 10, 2012
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The children attended Center Drive School in town, where Principal Roy Allen described them as "great kids, very nice kids."

"This is just such a tragedy. It's going to be devastating for the kids because it's such a small school and everybody knows everybody," Allen told the Bangor Daily News.

Officials from the state fire marshal's office, aided by state police detectives, were investigating the fire. The victims' bodies were taken to the state medical examiner's officer in Augusta.

The Johnsons moved into the rented house about six months ago from Bangor, McCausland said. Johnson worked at Hollywood Casino in Bangor, and Christine Johnson is an author who worked out of the house.

Investigators are expected to return to the scene Sunday.