Celebration honors victims on 2nd anniversary of Portland fire

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PORTLAND — A three-hour Celebration of Life brought friends and family of the six victims of the Nov. 1, 2014, fire at 20-24 Noyes St. to Longfellow Park on Sunday, Oct. 30.

David Foster, coordinator of the Noyes Street Fire Memorial Committee, said the event was intended to share memories, music and food in the park, just up Noyes Street from the fire scene.

The blaze was the deadliest in Portland in 50 years and determined to be accidental. Building owner Gregory Nisbet on Oct. 21 was found not guilty of manslaughter and all but one code violation in Cumberland County Superior Court.

The Sunday, Oct. 30 Celebration of Life in Longfellow Park for the six victims of the Nov. 1, 2014, fire on Noyes St. featured food, music and bubbly fun for Maliyah Summers, 5, daughter of victim Steven Summers.

Audryn Summers, 7, daughter of Noyes Street fire victim Steven Summers, adds to a sign of shared memories of the victims at a Celebration of Life in Longfellow Park in Portland on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Ashley Summers, wife of Noyes Street fire victim Steven Summers, speaks at a Celebration of Life in Longfellow Park in Portland on Sunday, Oct. 30 commemorating the six victims of the Nov. 1, 2014, blaze.

Josh Routhier adds his voice and music to a Celebration of Life in Longfellow Park in Portland on Sunday, Oct. 30 commemorating the six victims of the Nov. 1, 2014, Noyes Street fire.

David Foster, coordinator of the Noyes Street Fire Memorial Committee, and a friend of three victims of the Nov. 1, 2014 blaze, speaks at a Celebration of Life in Longfellow Park in Portland on Sunday, Oct. 30.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.