Matthew Badger, whose three young daughters, Lily, 9, and 7-year-old twins Sarah and Grace, perished in the at his ex-wife Madonna Badger’s home in Stamford, has reportedly taken the first step in bringing a wrongful death suit against Michael Borcina, the contractor who was renovating the Shippan Avenue waterfront Victorian at the time.
According to the New York Post, the grieving father, who lives in New York City, recently filed papers in Stamford Probate Court seeking to administer his daughters’ estates for a potential “wrongful-death claim.”
Matthew Badger's lawyer, Richard Emery, told the Post his client wasn't suing his ex-wife, Madonna Badger, who also lost her parents in the fire and recently. However he did have harsh words for Borcina, the former companion of Madonna Badger and general contractor on the , who reportedly placed embers from the Christmas Eve fire into a container that was left either in the mudroom or in a trash enclosure outside the home, causing the deadly, early-Christmas morning blaze. Only Borcina and Madonna Badger survived.
“That fact is that Borcina was the contractor on the job,” Emery reportedly told The Post. “He was aware of the dangers, or should have been , that a civilian would have been unaware of. The fact that kids were living in this house was unbelievable ... I don’t hold Madonna Badger responsible for that at all because I can’t imagine she would have understood the immediacy of the dangers."
Fire officials learned later that the house . What’s more an investigation also revealed that Borcina's Connecticut contractor's license had expired 12 years ago. Meanwhile private investigators hired by Mathew Badger are working to uncover every detail of .
Emery reportedly emphasized that no decision has been made yet to bring a suit.
Emery also reportedly blasted Stamford fire officials , asserting that it should not have occurred before state and private investigators had a chance to make their own inspections.