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Madonna Badger Breaks Her Silence About Blaze That Killed Her Family

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Jun. 19 2012, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

After six months of silence and a failed suicide attempt, Madonna Badger finally opened up about the deadly Christmas fire that devastated her family, and has a preview of the heart-wrenching interview.

“My teeth were black and my mouth was black from the smoke,’’ the fashion executive told Matt Lauer in a video interview that will air on the TODAY show on Thursday.

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“They took me away quickly because they were worried about smoke inhalation. Evidently, something can happen to you, (so) they said I had to go right away.

“I begged and begged them," she revealed, fighting back floods of tears. "There was an ambulance, and the walkie-talkies are going on, and I’m yelling at them, ‘Where are my kids? Where are my babies?"

As previously reported, the Christmas morning fire in the century-old Connecticut house killed Lily Badger, 10; her 7-year-old twin sisters Sarah and Grace; and their grandparents Lomer Johnson and Pauline Johnson. All of the victims died from smoke inhalation, except for Lomer, who fell through the roof in a heroic effort to rescue his granddaughters. Badger and her boyfriend Michael Borcina were the only survivors.

“Somebody said, ‘Turn off the radios, turn off the radios!’ I knew they must’ve… I don’t know what happened. Something really bad," said the distraught mother.

Madonna was so devastated by the loss that she tried to take her own life in Januray, which resulted in her being treated in a New York hospital.

Stamford State’s Attorney David Cohen revealed earlier this month that no charges will be filed in connection with the blaze and while in hindsight the precautions taken were insufficient, they did not rise to the level of criminal negligence.

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The fire is thought to have been sparked after Borcina, who was also the contractor handling renovations on the mansion, placed yule log embers in a bag in the back mud room.

The full interview with Badger and Matt Lauer with air Thursday on Rock Center with Brian Williams at 10 p.m. ET.

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