Two Fatal Mistakes That Cost The Lives Of Madonna Badger's Three Daughters In Tragic Fire

Wed, December 28, 2011 5:24pm EDT by 10 Comments

A shocking, horrific fire took the lives of a fashion industry executive’s entire family, and new details have revealed the two fatal mistakes that could have easily been avoided!

The investigation into the fatal fire of Madonna Badger’s Stamford, Conn. home has discovered the two major safety errors that cost the lives of her three children and parents on Christmas Day. According to the NY Post, fire marshals say a still-lit bag of embers from a yule log placed against the wall of the house was the cause of the fire. Worse, the house had no functioning smoke detectors!

The fire marshals have revealed that Madonna’s boyfriend, Michael Borcino, hadn’t doused the embers with water — the outside wall caught fire from the still-smoldering embers. With no working smoke detectors, the five people sleeping on the second and third floors had no warning.

“The fire entered the house quickly and spread throughout the first floor and up two interior vertical openings, trapping the occupants on the upper floors,” said Barry Callahan, the Stamford fire marshal.

Madonna and Michael survived, but Madonna’s three daughters — 10-year-old Lily and 7-year-old twins Sarah and Grace — and her parents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson died of smoke inhalation.

71-year-old Lomer died trying to save his granddaughter — he had stacked a pile of books to the height of a window. It seems that his plan was to crawl on the ledge outside and pull her to safety. But as soon as he went out the window, he collapsed.

In the smoke and confusion, Michael got separated from the twins. He heroically tried to run back inside, but firefighters pulled him back. One girl was found with her grandmother at the bottom of the stairwell between the second and third floor, and the other had gone upstairs.

A desperate Madonna had escaped onto a balcony, where firefighters brought her to safety.

“It was heartbreaking,” Fire Chief Antonio Conte said. “You [feel] like if you don’t make the rescue, you failed, and I don’t think anyone wants to fail.”

So, so sad! And it’s heartbreaking to hear that such a tragedy could have easily been avoided with proper fire safety!

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