December 26, 2011 by staff
The building department determined that the $1.7 million house was unsafe and ordered it razed, Stamford fire chief Antonio Conte said.
The home’s owner, advertising executive Madonna Badger, and her male acquaintance escaped from the fire. But Badger’s three daughters – a 10-year-old and 7-year-old twins – and her parents, who were visiting for the holiday, died, police said.
Neighbors said they awoke to the sound of screaming shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday and rushed outside to help, but could do nothing as flames devoured the large, turreted home.
Police said the male acquaintance who escaped the blaze with Badger was a contractor working on the home. He was also hospitalized but his condition was not released.
Interviews with them will be finished Monday, Conte said. He had no details on the investigation.
A spokeswoman for Saks Fifth Avenue confirmed in a statement that Badger’s father, Lomer Johnson, had worked as a Santa this year at its flagship store in Manhattan.
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