Get Your Fresh Intelligence Daily

SUBMIT

Criminal Charges Being Weighed In Christmas Fire That Killed Five In Connecticut

//madonna badger house

Jan. 21 2012, Updated 10:08 a.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email

By Radar Staff

Criminal charges are possible in the devastating fire that killed five in Stamford, Conn. Christmas morning.  Veteran ad exec Madonna Badger's three children and her parents all died in the blaze. She and her boyfriend Michael Borcina who was handling renovations on Badger's newly purchased waterfront mansion, escaped with injuries.

Now The New York Post has learned that the Stamford police department is interviewing several workers on the renovation project, and criminal charges are being weighed.

Article continues below advertisement

“We’ve got a lot more interviews scheduled,” Police Capt. Richard Conklin told The Post. The home had no new certificate of occupancy, and its smoke-detector system, installed several months before the fire, was not hooked up, according to officials.

Badger, who created the iconic Mark Wahlberg Calvin Klein underwear ad, was in the process of divorcing her husband, the father of the three girls who died.

She and Borcina had been wrapping presents by the fireplace until about 3 am Christmas, and when they went to bed, Borcina put the Yule log embers in a bucket, which was left in a foyer.  It was those embers that started the killer fire.

Borcina’s contractor registration in Connecticut expired in 2000. His home-improvement license in New York expired in June 2010.  He's hired top criminal attorney Eugene Riccio to defend him in the event charges are filed,

Article continues below advertisement

The deaths have all been ruled accidental by the medical examiner, but a charge such as reckless manslaughter could be brought by the District Attorney, Connecticut attorney Stephen Seeger told The Post.

RELATED STORIES:

Madonna Badger Gives Heartbreaking Eulogy At Funeral For Daughters Killed In Christmas Day Fire

Chilling Firefighter Audio Tapes Released In Madonna Badger House Fire

Hard-Wired Smoke Alarms Not Hooked Up In Madonna Badger’s Home

Advertisement

© Copyright 2021 Radar Media Group LLC. Radar and RadarOnline are registered trademarks. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.