Mom Who Lost Kids, Parents in Christmas Fire Attempted Suicide: Report
(NEW YORK) — Madonna Badger, the New York woman who lost her three daughters and parents in a tragic Connecticut Christmas fire, attempted suicide last week.
Badger, 47, was reportedly hospitalized after hurting herself in an attempt to kill herself, the New York Daily News reported.
“She is okay…She is out [of the hospital] and somewhere safe,” a relative told the paper. “It’s just terrible — nobody could really hold up well under the circumstances.”
One person close to Badger would not confirm the report, saying that the matter was very personal and difficult to discuss due to the circumstances, but also declined to deny the report.
The Stamford, Conn., fire in the early hours of Dec. 25 claimed the lives of Badger’s parents Lomer and Pauline Johnson, and her three daughters Lily, 10, and 7-year-old twins Grace and Sarah. Badger and her friend Michael Borcina were the only survivors.
The fire was started by fireplace embers that had been cleared out of the fireplace and put in either a mud room attached to the house or a trash enclosure next to it, fire officials said. The embers were reportedly removed because the girls were afraid they would burn Santa Claus as he came down the chimney.
Though firefighters, Badger, Borcina and the grandparents all tried to save the little girls, they were unable to make it through walls of fire that kept pushing them back.
Badger is a well-known fashion advertising executive in New York who has worked on Calvin Klein campaigns. The fire happened at her $1.7 million Victorian home in Stamford that was being renovated by her boyfriend Borcina.
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