Fund-raiser to benefit fire-stricken family

NASHUA – Co-workers of a Boston Billiard Club employee whose family lost nearly everything – including two pets – in a fire on Friday are hosting a fund-raiser for the family.

“At Boston Billiard Club, we are all family,” said Jennifer Butler, a bartender. “Shelley is absolutely the sweetest person I know. She would go above and beyond to help anybody.

“We just wanted to do something to help them out.”

Shelley Robinson, 22, was working at the club when she got word that her 6 Mizoras Drive home was on fire.

As of Monday, the cause was listed as “undetermined,” said Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Brien, adding that investigators are “leaning toward more accidental-type of causes.”

The fire started in a first-floor rear bedroom of the 2½-story, wood-frame Garrison, O’Brien said. The family dog, Tyler, and cat, Harley, both died.

Butler, along with Boston Billiard Club employees Christina Johnson and Pamela Trow, organized a fund-raiser, set for Sunday, Nov. 7, at the 55 Northeastern Blvd. establishment. The 2 p.m. event, which will be held in a private room inside the club, includes free pool and appetizers. Gift baskets will be raffled off, Butler said.

Tickets will be sold to the public for $10 per person, and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will go to the Robinson family.

Butler said she, Johnson and Trow have already collected more than $1,000 from Boston Billiard staff and regulars. They plan to give that to Shelley Robinson so she can replace clothing and other belongings lost in the blaze.

“The fire started in her bedroom, so she lost everything,” Butler said.

Any other funds raised Sunday will go to the Robinson family, Butler said.

Ed Robinson, Shelley’s father, said Friday that he plans to rebuild the house, which was left uninhabitable.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at about 12:25 p.m. after receiving several 911 calls. They found smoke and flames coming out of the first-floor bedroom windows. Firefighters contained the blaze to the bedroom and extinguished it, according to O’Brien. The fire was called under control at 12:48 p.m.

Shelley Robinson could not be reached for comment Monday.