Dad Eyes Suit in Christmas Fire That Killed Daughters
(STAMFORD, Conn.) — The father of three young daughters who were killed in a Christmas Eve fire in Connecticut has signaled his intention to sue over their deaths.
Matthew Badger filed papers last week that would name him as administrator of his daughters’ estates, allowing him to potentially file a wrongful death claim in their names.
Badger’s lawyer, Richard Emery, told ABC News that the filing was “routine” when “someone dies without a will.” By becoming an administrator for his daughters’ estates, Emery said that Badger hopes to create a foundation “in a quest to preserve and enhance the memory of these girls.”
Emery said, however, they were still looking into the incident and “how that place became a firetrap and who was responsible for it.”
While Badger has no intention of filing suit against Madonna Badger, his ex-wife and the mother of his daughters, Emery said that that Badger hadn’t made any further decisions about filing a wrongful death suit.
The three girls were spending Christmas with their mother, their maternal grandparents, and their mother’s boyfriend, Michael Borcina. Borcina was a contractor who was renovating the house.
Borcina took embers from the fireplace because the girls’ feared Santa Clause would get burned. He put the ashes in a bucket in a trash enclosure next to the house, and they somehow ignited the $1.7 million Victorian home in Stamford, Conn. According to officials, there appeared to be no working fire detectors within the home.
The blaze killed Badger’s three daughters and Madonna Badger’s parents.
“Every level of what could have gone wrong, went wrong,” said Emery. “That needs to be examined carefully.”
In addition to investigating Borcina’s involvement in the fire, Emery said he was very concerned about the Stamford Buildings Department’s decision to demolish the still-smoldering house the day after the fire.
“That certainly is a grave concern for my client,” said Emery. “It seems outrageous and beyond any reasonable protocol to tear down the house within 24 hours of a fire.”
Emery said that since the house was demolished so quickly both insurance investigators and police investigators did not have the time to inspect the building thoroughly.
While Emery said that Badger is focusing on creating a foundation in honor of his daughters, he will still be investigating the different factors surrounding the accident.
“There’s much more than just fire alarms,” said Emery.
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