Matthew Badger, father of the three girls killed in the in Stamford, is reportedly bringing a lawsuit against the City for allowing the house to become a "fire trap" during renovations.
Badger's attorney, Richard Emery, told the Associated Press that his client has filed a notice of intent to sue — however Stamford Town Clerk Donna Loglisci told The Stamford Advocate that the City is yet to be officially served.
The lawsuit reportedly contends that the City issued building permits for the extensive renovations to the 19th Century Victorian, owned by Badger's ex-wife, Madonna Badger, but then failed to ensure the work was carried out safely in accordance with local building codes. According to the Stamford Advocate report, city building officials inspected the work in July 2011.
Matthew Badger's three daughters, , died in the early morning Christmas Day fire. Madonna Badger and her companion, Michael Borcina, the contractor who was working on the home, escaped the blaze.
's parents Pauline and Lomer Johnson, also died in the fire, which was reportedly caused when Borcina placed fireplace ashes in a plastic container either in the mud room or just outside the house, by a trash bin.
An investigation by the fire marshal revealed that the house may not have had working installed at the time. It has been suspected that subcontractors working for Borcina during construction to prevent them from accidentally going off — however because the house was completely razed within a day of the fire, due to safety concerns, most of the evidence was destroyed.
The state is reportedly still considering .
In addition Matthew Badger has taken the first step in against Borcina, however it remains to be seen if he will proceed with the suit.