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Ex-Boyfriend: Mom May Have Caused 2011 Fire That Killed Her Entire Family

Michael Borcina changes his story

(Newser) - A contractor who took the blame for accidentally starting a 2011 Christmas Day house fire that killed his girlfriend's three children and her parents now says she's the one who left a bag of fireplace ashes in a mudroom. Michael Borcina told attorneys during a lawsuit deposition that... More »

Contractor Pays $5M Over Xmas Fire That Killed 5

He settles lawsuit with father of 3 girls

(Newser) - A contractor who accidentally caused a fire at a Connecticut home that killed three girls and two of their grandparents on Christmas Day 2011 has agreed to settle part of a wrongful-death lawsuit by paying the children's father $5 million. Court records show that contractor Michael Borcina and his... More »

Mom Who Lost Girls to Fire: Town Profited Off Tragedy

Madonna Badger: Stamford officials had ulterior motives in quickly razing home

(Newser) - There's no question that Madonna Badger suffered an unspeakable tragedy—losing her three daughters and both parents to a Christmas Day fire. But in new court papers, she asserts that the horrors of her experience didn't end there: Connecticut building officials ordered her $1.7 million home torn... More »

Mom Had to Choose Who to Try to Save in Christmas Fire

But the smoke prevented Madonna Badger from rescuing anyone, she says

(Newser) - Madonna Badger woke up on Christmas to a smoke-filled room, but no alarm had gone off, she tells Today in her first public interview since the fire that killed her kids and parents. "It was the scariest silence," she says in a conversation with Matt Lauer that's... More »

Mom Who Lost Girls in Fire Attempts Suicide

'Nobody could hold up well,' says relative

(Newser) - The Connecticut executive who lost her parents and three daughters in a devastating Christmas Day fire has tried to commit suicide, according to a relative. Madonna Badger was hospitalized last week, reports the New York Daily News . “She is OK. She is out and somewhere safe,” said the... More »

Mom Recalls Her 'Girl Tribe' Lost in Fire

Madonna Badger eulogizes her three daughters

(Newser) - The Connecticut ad executive who lost her three daughters in a Christmas morning fire delivered the eulogy herself today at a packed New York funeral, reports DNA Info . “They were my little girl tribe," said Madonna Badger of Lily, 9, and twins Grace and Sarah, 7. “My... More »

Fire-Starting Embers Moved to Make Way for Santa

Cruel new detail in Christmas morning fire that killed Madonna Badger's 3 girls

(Newser) - Just when you thought the story of the Connecticut Christmas morning fire couldn't get any worse, the cruelest twist: Two officials told the AP that the smoldering embers believed to have started the fire were removed from the fireplace so that Madonna Badger's three kids wouldn't worry... More »

Yule Log Embers Linked to Deadly Christmas Inferno

Grandfather nearly saved one sister; they died inches from each other

(Newser) - Embers from a holiday Yule log may have triggered the horrific fire that killed the three young daughters and parents of a Connecticut advertising executive on Christmas Day. Madonna Badger, 47, was up until 3am with her boyfriend, wrapping gifts and making Christmas morning preparations; the two put embers from... More »

Fashion Exec's Charred House Torn Down

Father who died had just landed job as Saks' Santa Claus

(Newser) - Survivors are trying to pick up the pieces after the furious blaze that engulfed a $1.7 million-dollar Connecticut home yesterday, killing the parents and children of fashion marketing executive Madonna Badger, the New York Post reports. Her father, Lomer Johnson, had just landed his dream holiday-season job—one befitting... More »

Ad Exec's 3 Daughters Die in Savage Conn. Blaze

'Help me! Help me!' pleaded Madonna Badger

(Newser) - The marketing brain behind Calvin Klein's Marky Mark underwear ads was one of only two survivors who made it out of yesterday's horrific Connecticut home blaze that killed her parents and three young daughters. Madonna Badger, 47, and a male friend escaped the roaring inferno that erupted before... More »

Conn. House Fire Kills 5

'My whole life was in that house,' survivor says

(Newser) - A pre-dawn blaze tore through a million-dollar house in Stamford, Conn., this Christmas morning, killing three children and two adults in what the town's mayor called "a terrible, terrible day for the city of Stamford. There probably has not been a worse Christmas day in the city of... More »

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