Mom Who Lost Kids in Christmas Day Fire Believes Evidence Was Destroyed When Her Home Was Torn Down


madonna badger houseEven though it happened well over a year ago, none of us will ever forget the Christmas Day house fire that took the lives of three beautiful children and their grandparents in Stamford, Connecticut. It was one of those stories that hit way too close to home for most of us, and we couldn't help but share in the grief of a woman who lost everyone dear to her in the blink of an eye.

And because she believes her mansion was torn down too quickly after the fire, Madonna Badger is suing the town. She believes evidence may have been destroyed and that the town may have been trying to cover up building mistakes and permit violations, which is why they were in such a rush to demolish it.

And the claims of the lawsuit don't stop there. It also states that officials knew there were "numerous types of salvageable scrap metal such as wiring, copper, steel beams, and the family's personal silver and jewelry" in the home -- meaning they wanted to profit from it.

Madonna is seeking "unspecified damages" in addition to a jury trial with the suit.

And even though the cause of the fire was ruled as accidental, due to ashes from the fireplace that were placed in a bag inside a garbage bin in the home, it's hard not to wonder if there were more factors involved that made the house unsafe.

It doesn't matter where we live or how much we think we know about our homes -- unless we build them with our own two hands, it's hard to know exactly what kind of building materials are used during construction. As someone who has lived in two brand new homes in the past seven years, it's tough not to wonder how sturdy and safe they've been.

It's no secret that builders throw up new homes a heck of a lot faster than they did 40 or 50 years ago, and it just seems like speeding things up is a recipe for disaster. The house I live in now was done by a private builder who takes a lot of pride in his work, but the home I lived in before my son was born was done by a mass builder, in one of those cookie-cutter developments where most of the homes look the same. And even though I've never really worried about their safety up until this point, accidents do happen, as is evident from what happened to Madonna Badger.

If nothing else, every time I think about her, I'm reminded to take the proper precautions to ensure a fire doesn't happen in my own home. But I guess you never really can know for sure if you're doing enough.

Do you ever worry about how well-built your home is?


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Vanessa Poholek Fasanella

I can't believe the nerve of this woman. She was the one who was found outside, on the porch with her boyfriend, while her parents died trying to save her children. I believe that the boyfriend's ash-disposal technique caused the fire, and now she's trying to blame everyone else. I feel bad for everyone who suffered as they died, and for the children's father, who seems like the kind of man who would have also died trying to save them. Not stood on the porch waiting for someone else to do it.

Foley... Foleygirl24

Wow Vanessa, heartless much? It does seem sketchy that the city tore down the house the very next day, before the fire marshalls could even conduct an investigation. The ashes were only listed on the report as the "probable cause of the fire". The house also reportedly had old wiring that was in the process of being replaced. The ashes may not have caused the fire at all, but no one will ever know because the house was torn down to fast. Personally, I think she's well within her rights to sue for that.

work4... work4mickey

The next day? No city government I know of can do ANYTHING that quickly, so yeah, that's fishy.

nonmember avatar cody

our building caught fire at 6am. the dogs woke us up at 7. the fire deparment was there 12 minutes after our call. the fire department was then there alllllll day. and all of the next two days the fire marshalls, insurance agents, property managers, reporters, red cross, and city inspectors were there.

tearing down the house the next day does not seem right. with the amount of paperwork and investigation that goes into a fire that seems crazy. no humans died in our fire, but almost 20 perished. not that the deaths of those animals werent important, but if it took a month to finish all of our investigation, why would a house get taken down the next days after human lives were lost? Definitely fishy.

Melis... Melissa1508

I kind of agree with Vanessa.  Maybe she could have worded it a little differently.  There is no doubt whatsoever that I would have lost my own life running back into that house to save my children.  I guess I just don't understand standing there.  Someone would have to hold me down and handcuff me to keep me out of the house.

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