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Expectant couple says Detroit home robbed after fire

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Brittani and John Sheffield talk to Fox 2's Maurielle Lue.  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) Brittani and John Sheffield talk to Fox 2's Maurielle Lue. (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
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The house caught fire on Saturday morning, but before the Sheffield family could even get there, they say most of their neighbors had broken in and stolen their stuff.

"It feels bad.  It feels really bad, and I just finished her nursery and put everything in it," said Brittani Sheffield.

Brittani and John Sheffield are having their second baby any day now, but sadly baby Alexis and her two-year-old sister, Mariah, no longer have a nursery or a playroom.

The Sheffields were staying with family to escape the heat during the power outages last week and learned their house burned down on Sunday.

"All the stuff I got from the baby shower, it's just gone," Brittani Sheffield said.

"It's horrible," John Sheffield remarked.

Even more horrible is how the fire started.  Next to the house are two empty gas cans Sheffields say don't belong to them.  They say a neighbor bragged about starting the fire so he could break in and steal their stuff, and it appears the break in was a community effort.

"One of the neighbors said there were vans like here like while the fire department was here.  They didn't even give them the chance to really leave and completely put out the fire.  They were here pulling up trucks just taking out stuff," Brittani Sheffield explained.  "We saw our stuff on some of our neighbors' porches.  Some of our things that we had used to make our home, they had already taken them.  Our washer and dryer was already gone.  Anything that was probably salvageable was taken."

Video games, game systems, the refrigerator, washer, dryer, bicycles and toys for the baby girls.  The Sheffields say in their time of need their neighbors, who could've helped them, instead helped themselves.

"Your neighbors are supposed to look out for you, and instead of looking out, maybe stopping somebody from taking the washer and dryer, they're in there, too, coming out with a vacuum or something like that," John Sheffield said.

If you would like to donate to the Sheffield family, visit www.facebook.com/sheffieldfamily for more information.

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