Christmas Day house fire kills man in Brewer

Posted Dec. 25, 2010, at 1:15 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — A fire early Christmas morning took the life of a 64-year-old man and injured three others.

Arthur Hatch died in the blaze, which was reported about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, at 403 Day Road, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Sunday.

The Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the blaze, he said.

The homeowner, Soadia Gusha, 51, was admitted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment of smoke inhalation, McCausland said in a press release issued about 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

She was listed in fair condition Sunday at EMMC.

Gusha’s sister, Noufissa Bernikhow, 41, and Yahya Daghmoumi, 38, were treated for smoke inhalation and released from EMMC, McCausland said. A fifth person, who was not identified, was not injured.

Investigators have determined that the fire started in the victim’s bedroom. Hatch’s body was found on the floor of that room, according to the press release.

The ranch-style house, where the victim had lived for a short time, was gutted, McCausland said.

Firefighters from Bangor, Holden, Eddington, Orrington and Dedham assisted Brewer.