STAMFORD, Conn. — Matt Lauer's full interview with Madonna Badger, whose parents and three daughters died in a Christmas Day fire in her Stamford home, aired Thursday night on NBC’s “Rock Center With Brian Williams.”
Badger told the "Today" host that she wants more answers about the deadly fire.
The biggest question she said she wants answered is to determine the real cause of the fire. Badger said she does not fully believe that the ashes taken from the fireplace are to blame, as reported by Stamford officials. She told Lauer that her boyfriend, Michael Borcina, ran his hands through the ashes so they had to be cool. But she also said she saw sparks flying from an electrical meter outside her home during the blaze.
“The cause of that fire is important for me to know in order to find some peace,” Badger said. The truth would honor her parents and three daughters, even if the cause turned out to be the ashes, she said.
The city had her house demolished Dec. 26, and she was not told until meeting with the police after the funeral for her daughters, she said. The city also took everything in her house, without doing an inventory and without keeping her informed of what was happening, she said.
“They won’t tell me, I’ve asked them,” Badger said, saying she does not know where the debris was dumped and comparing the city’s actions to a crime.
The lack of answers is why she has taken the first steps toward suing the city for negligence and wrongful conduct, Badger said.
Williams ended the segment by saying the city of Stamford declined to address the matter.