PORTLAND, Maine — Friends and neighbors of the victims of a deadly house fire on Noyes Street early Saturday morning are organizing a fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 15, to help the victims’ families.
Investigators confirmed the identities of four people killed in the Saturday morning fire as David Bragdon Jr., 27, Christopher Conlee, 25, Ashley Thomas, 29, and Maelisha Jackson, 26. They had not confirmed but suspected Nicole Finlay, 26, died in the blaze. All died of smoke inhalation, officials said.
Survivor Steven Summers, 29, of Rockland was severely burned and is being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Nedra Wheeler, a neighbor and friend of those who died in the fire, said she and other friends of the five fire victims will hold a benefit event from noon to midnight Saturday at the yoga studio A Space for Grace, at 1 Marginal Way.
Wheeler said the Saturday fundraiser will also aim to help two of the building’s tenants who survived the fire that destroyed the home at 20 Noyes St.
“We feel that it’s our duty to take care of them,” Wheeler said in a telephone interview Monday.
Wheeler said she disagreed with some early reports that characterized the house as a party house.
“That was totally unacceptable and a lot of people in this community were heartbroken,” said Wheeler, who lives in a house on nearby Williams Street.
Wheeler said the fundraiser Saturday would include live artists and bands.
The group also has started a campaign for the victims of the fire at gofundme.com/remembernoyes. The Red Cross provided help to survivors of the fire.