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IDs 5 Portland, Maine, Fire Victims Released

Officials say 3 of the victims were tenants



    Investigators Release Names of Maine Fire Victims

    Officials say three of the victims lived in the house that burned down near the University of Southern Maine. (Published Monday, Nov. 3, 2014)

    The city of Portland, Maine, has released the names of the five young adults who died of smoke inhalation in the Noyes Street house fire Saturday morning.

    Three of the victims were tenants: David Bragdon, 27, Ashley Thomas, 29, and Nikki Finlay, 26. The other two, Christopher Conlee, 25 of Portland, and Maelisha Jackson, 26, of Topsham, were house guests.

    A sixth guest, Steven Summers of Rockland, is now listed in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is being treated for burns.

    On Monday, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined the investigation to help with "fire modeling," a technique that's used to determine the path the fire took. One of the survivors also recounted the harrowing details of his escape from the burning house.

    Kyle Bozeman said his housemate Nathaniel Long saved his life.

    "He shook me awake, just shook me. I was sound asleep," said Bozeman. "When I came to, he was already out the window, then I went out the window and yelled. I heard two more yells then I didn't hear more yelling."

    The Noyes Street fire is the deadliest blaze the city has seen in 40 years. Portland City Council planned to hold a moment of silence prior to the Monday nigh session to remember the victims.

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