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Arlo Guthrie show benefits arson victims

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie has headlined a sold-out concert that raised more than $10,000 for the victims of series of arson fires in western Massachusetts.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie has headlined a sold-out concert that raised more than $10,000 for the victims of series of arson fires in western Massachusetts.

Saturday night's show at the Academy of Music also featured two local bands and other guests, and singer-songwriter Martin Sexton made a surprise appearance.

Michael Kusek, an organizer of the Northampton Neighbors Relief Fund, says the fund had already raised more than $40,000 for those who lost property in a string of 15 fires set in the early morning hours of Dec. 27.

One fire killed World War II veteran Paul Yeskie Sr. and his son, Paul Yeskie Jr.

Anthony Baye of Northampton faces charges including murder in connection with the fatal fire. He has pleaded not guilty.