Three Children, Two Adults Killed In Christmas Day Fire In Stamford

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Five people have died in a house fire Christmas morning.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

Mayor Michael Pavia said three children and two adults were killed in the three-alarm blaze. The children were all female, the oldest was 10-years-old, the younger children were a pair of 7-year-old twins. The two adults were the girls’ grandparents.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan On The Scene

The fire broke out at 2267 Shippan Avenue just before 5 a.m. So far, it’s not clear what sparked the deadly blaze.

“It’s a terrible, terrible day for the city of Stamford,” Pavia said. “There probably has not been a worse Christmas day in the city of Stamford.”

The blaze was captured on a neighbor’s cell phone video camera. Watch the video below.

The house that caught fire was reportedly in the middle of being renovated.

Acting fire chief Antonio Conte said responders were pushed back by the intense flames and heat.

“There was so much heat and so much flame that it drove the firefighters back, they tried several times but we just couldn’t get to them,” said Conte.

Listen to more from 1010 WINS reporter Terry Sheridan…

A neighbor, Sam Cingari Jr., said he was awakened by the sound of screaming and that the house was entirely engulfed by flames.

“We heard this screaming at 5 in the morning,” he said. “The whole house was ablaze and I mean ablaze.”

CBS2’s Ann Mercogliano was in Stamford, where in spite of repeated attempts by firefighters to reach the people inside, only two people managed to escape the blaze. One of the survivors was Madonna Badger, the girls’ mother, the other has only been identified as a ‘male acquaintance’ of Badger’s, according to the Stamford Police Department.

Badger and the male survivor were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition.

It is believed that everybody in the house was sleeping when the fire broke out.

Officials said that the damage to the house was so bad that it will take several days to determine the cause of the fire.

Off your thoughts on this holiday tragedy in our comments section below…

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Comments

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  1. Deborah Jeffries says:

    People should be held accountable for their actions.

    For the sake of the five victims, I hope that Miranda Badger faces legal conseguences for her very poor judgment.

  2. Deborah Jeffries says:

    Rodin, this is an open and shut case of negligence that resulted in five deaths.

    If you stopped being a moron long enough to listen to the news conference, you would have learned that the woman discarded burning fireplace coals in a PLASTIC bag near a trash container in a foyer, had no smoke detectors and finally the structure did not have a city permit for occupancy or a CA certificate of approval.

    That means there should’ve been no occupants in the house in the first place.

    This case should be referred to the State’s Attorney’s office to determine if a charge of criminally negligent homicide is warranted.

    This woman is no hero.

    Her actions were grossly negligent and reckless resulting in the death of her family.

    She should be prosecuted. I cannot believe how someone could be that reckless.

    I’m outraged at the negligent conduct and am entitled to say it.

    1. Rodin says:

      Go beat a dead horse! You ‘re an obsessive-compulsive nutcase with an obvious axe to grind, whatever it may be, and a beam on your shoulder. Say whatever you like, whatever gets you thru the night, just don’t bother addressing me again. I could give a rat’s @ss what you think and I hate to waste my time. Some people just can’t distinguish between discourse and vomit and it’s not my mission in life to teach them.

  3. Deborah Jeffries says:

    Improper disposal of fireplace coal embers and no working smoke detectors in a five bedroom mansion.

    This was reported this morning on several news outlets.

    That means that these deaths were completely preventable and were directly caused by Mrs. Badger’s negligence.

    And so many feel sorry for her? She was too cheap to buy smoke detectors and she didn’t just move in as some neighbors have said.

    She lived there since December of 2010 and had twelve months to install smoke detectors.

    This was so negligent she should be charged with criminally negligent homicide.

    But of course she won’t because she’s rich and not from Bridgeport.

    How anyone can pity this woman is beyond me.

    She saved herself and her companion. Congratulations are in order I guess?

    I feel sympathy for the dead who are gone because of a negligent and careless woman.

    1. Rodin says:

      Do you have a personal vendetta against this woman? Sure seems like it. You keep posting and posting without a single reply. Everyone’s ignoring you. Rightfully, you’re obsessed.

      Lay off. You’re obviously not gaining any converts with your rants and you’re making an @ss of yourself.

  4. Deborah Jeffries says:

    This evening’s news report states that the grandparent’s died trying to lead the children out of the house.

    The Fire Department said if the children stayed in their bedrooms, they probably could’ve been saved.

    Why wasn’t the MOTHER trying to lead the children to safety?

    She certainly saved her own skin and her male friend.

    Her parents weren’t responsible for her children’s safety, she was.

    I find the whole thing outrageous.

  5. Deborah Jeffries says:

    And I think some tough questions need to be asked.

    For example instead of sympathy, the reality of it is why did this woman leave her burning home without her children in tow?

    There obviously was a means of escape if she got out as did her male companion.

    If something like this happened in Bridgeport, the detectives would certainly have brought them in for questioning at the least.

    How could anyone leave a burning home knowing their entire family was still inside?

    That’s the raw reality of it, she got out which indicates there was a small time window of escape potential.

  6. Deborah Jeffries says:

    Nobody seems to appreciate a far left point of view.

    Because the truth hurts when the bourgeoisie are ignorant enough to think that tragedies don’t happen in their neighborhood.

    Welcome to the real world.

  7. Deborah Jeffries says:

    An insurance scam?

    Perhaps the comments of Inspector an X are true?

    You know rich people always want more money.

    IT’S CALLED GREED AND IT’S WHAT’S WRONG WITH AMERICA!!

  8. Rodin says:

    But JESUS WUZ BORNED!!! What more do you want?

  9. THE INSPECTOR says:

    SOUNDS LIKE AN LIFE INSURANCE SCAM TO ME

    1. X says:

      THE INSPECTOR MAY BE ON TO SOMETHING………WHAT WAS THE CONTRACTOR DOING THERE AT 5 IN THE MORNING ON XMAS….WHY DID THE MOTHER AND HIM (LOVER) THE ONLY ONES TO ESCAPE.MMMMMMMM

  10. Deborah Jeffries says:

    Andrew, homeless and poor people die every day and in Bridgeport fire fatalities are common.

    Why it’s not discussed is because they are poor.

    I’m not on meds and your lack of intellect is amusing.

    I’m an advocate for the poor and homeless whose deaths are rarely covered by the media.

    The media seems unconcerned with the tragic deaths of impoverished people.

    I’m not saying the Shippan fire wasn’t tragic, the tragedies of all people should matter.

    It’s morally wrong to say that the suffering of the poor is insignificant.

    The class struggle not only affects the living, the poor get cheated of recognition in death too.

  11. Andrew says:

    Deborah – you are crazy. Take your meds and crazy rants elsewhere you miserable slob.

    What a sad, sad story. My thoughts are with this family and community tonight.

  12. Deborah Jeffries says:

    ONLY THE RICH COUNT IN STAMFORD.

    I LIVE HERE AND WHEN A HOMELESS PERSON FREEZES TO DEATH IT DOESN’T MAKE THE PAPER.

    ALL PEOPLE COUNT AND THE POOR DESERVE COVERAGE TOO.

    Amen to that.

  13. Deborah Jeffries says:

    All lives are precious, not just those from higher socio-economic and privileged backgrounds.

    In Stamford where I live and in Fairfield County Connecticut, it seems like the deaths of rich people are more important and get more coverage like the Cheshire home invasion story too.

    If the Petit family were poor and from Bridgeport instead of Cheshire, they certainly wouldn’t be on Oprah.

    It’s morally wrong to say that a poor person’s death is of less importance to society.

  14. Deborah Jeffries says:

    In response to comment no. 1 by X, the reason why CBS and every major local and national news channels covered this story (even in England for crying out loud) is because the family is wealthy and prominent.

    While this is a huge tragedy, I question that would Mayor Pavia have appeared in front of a home for a press conference if five people died in a fire from the South End of Stamford and not the wealthy millionaire community of Shippan Point?

    I seriously doubt if five people died in a South End house fire where the crack dealers, gang bangers and outer fringes of society lurk, would our great Mayor Pavia acknowledge it let alone be there for a photo op.

    I’m a lifelong Stamford resident X and the story got coverage because only the rich count here.

    1. colleen says:

      5 people died on christmas!!!!!! who cares rich or poor…

      1. Rodin says:

        Would it have been any better on another day? Who cares Xmz?

  15. FRANZ LIEBKIN says:

    LEAVE IT TO CBS TO PICK UP A FEW BUCKS FROM THE VIDEO

  16. John Loehrer says:

    My prayers for the family of Madonna Badger. A real tradegy for the City of Stamford.

    1. Rodin says:

      Too late.

      “Nothing fails like prayer.” ~ ANNIE LAURIE GAYLOR

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