Stamford Settles Second Suit Over 2011 Christmas Fatal Fire for $1.35 Million

The Stamford Advocate is reporting that the second of three lawsuits involving the City of Stamford over the fire on Christmas morning 2011 that killed five family members, has been settled for $1.35 million.

The fire killed Lily Badger, 9, and her twin sisters, Sarah and Grace, 7, along with their grandparents, Lomer Johnson, 71, and Pauline Johnson, 69. The girls’ mother, Madonna Badger, and Michael Borcina, barely escaped the blaze.

A wrongful death suit filed by Matthew Badger, the father of the girls, was settled in June for $6.65 million. This second suit was brought by Wade Johnson, who is the son and executor of the Estates of Lomer and Pauline Johnson. It sought damages for their wrongful death.

The third suit against the city was brought by Madonna Badger focuses on the demolition and disposal of her home and belongings after the fire. The Stamford Advocate is reporting that her suit is nearing settlement as well.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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