December 26, 2011 by staff
Madonna Badger, a well-known advertising executive, managed to escape the flames that engulfed her Shippan Avenue home Christmas morning. A male friend also survived the fire, but Badger’s three daughters, 10 and 7-year-old twins died, along with her parents, who were visiting from Southbury for the holiday, died.
Fire crews were called to 2267 Shippan Avenue shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday, but the flames were to intense to get inside, according to fire officials.
“We made rescue attempts. We just couldn’t get to them,” Fire Chief Antonio Conte said. “There was so much flames and heat, it drove firefighters back. I’ve been on the job 38 years and it’s not an easy day,” he said while fighting back tears.
Word of the tragedy shook the neighborhood and others in Stamford.
“There has probably not been a worse Christmas Day in the City of Stamford,” Mayor Michael Pavia said.
Though officials have not officially released the names of the victims, a relative said Badger’s daughters, Lily, 10, and her 7-year-old twins, Grace and Sarah, were killed, according to theNew York Times. The paper identified the two adults who died as Badger’s parents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson. The couple would have celebrated their 49th anniversary Monday, according to the Times.
Badger founded her own advertising company, Badger & Winters Group, but in the early 1990s worked for Calvin Klein and helped develop the advertising campaign using Mark Wahlberg modeling the company’s underwear.
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