The father of the children killed in the Christmas day fire in Stamford a year ago today has shared his reflections and how he wants them remembered.
When the fire claimed the lives of his three girls in Stamford on Christmas of 2011, Matthew Badger says his heart broke into a thousand pieces.
Badger said that the bag of ashes didn’t seem dangerous because her boyfriend, Michael Borcina, ran his hands over them before putting them on top of a plastic bin in a mudroom.
It’s difficult for Matthew Badger to deal with the loss of his three darling daughters, but he’s turning his heartbreak into hope by helping other young children.
As Stamford police investigate, they’re trying to answer a key question: were battery-operated smoke alarms and several fire extinguishers removed from the home sometime before the fire?
Michael Borcina and homeowner Madonna Badger were the only survivors of the blaze.
Police and fire officials say they agreed to give Madonna Badger and Michael Borcina time to mourn the loss of Badger’s daughters and parents. Police Capt. Richard Conklin says, “But now we’re moving ahead on that.”
Lomer and Pauline Johnson are being honored at a memorial service in Louisville, Kentucky. Lomer worked there as a safety chief for a liquor company until he retired.
Madonna and Matthew Badger, the girls’ father, held hands and cried as they watched the caskets carrying the remains of their three daughters get carried into St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Manhattan.
Madonna Badger, who lost her three daughters and both parents in the Christmas morning fire in Stamford, Conn., attended Wednesday’s wake, along with the girls’ father and the only other survivor of the tragedy, Badger’s contractor.
Lily Badger, 10, and 7-year-old twins Grace and Sarah Badger died along with their grandparents Lomer and Pauline Johnson in a fire in Stamford on Christmas.
Badger’s parents Lomer and Pauline Johnson and daughters Lily, Grace and Sarah were all killed in a Christmas Day blaze.
Madonna Badger’s three daughters and their grandparents all died in a Christmas Day blaze at her Stamford home, which was being renovated.
The family of the victims who died in the tragic Christmas day fire in Stamford are reaching out to the countless strangers who have been sending their condolences.
This morning the medical examiner’s office released an autopsy report on the victims — whose deaths were ruled accidental.