No Charges in Conn. Christmas Fire

    FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2011 file photo, firefighters investigate a house where an early morning fire left five people dead, in Stamford, Conn. Stamford State Attorney David Cohen said Friday, June 8, 2012, that he will not file criminal charges related to the Christmas morning fire that killed three girls and their grandparents. Officials say the fire was started by embers in a bag of discarded fireplace ashes. Cohen said Friday that some precautions were taken and that while in hindsight they were insufficient, they did not rise to the level of criminal negligence. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

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    Connecticut State Attorney David Cohen said Friday that there was “insufficient evidence” to charge anyone in the Christmas Day fire in Stamford, Conn., that claimed the lives of three children and their grandparents, which authorities say started after a friend of the girls’ mother discarded fireplace ashes by a doorway. The mother, Madonna Badger, and her friend Michael Borcina escaped the fatal blaze. Cohen said Friday that the investigation of the fire was “hampered to some degree” by officials in Stamford, who tore the hollowed-out home down before all evidence was collected. Seven-year-old twins Grace and Sarah Badger died in the fire, along with their 9-year-old sister, Lily, and their grandparents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson.

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