It’s hard to imagine how Christmas Day could have been any worse for Madonna Badger.
A fire swept through the home of the Connecticut advertising executive on Sunday, killing her three children and both of her parents on Christmas morning.
Badger and a male acquaintance managed to escape from the burning house, said Stamford Police Sgt. Paul Guzda, but Badger’s three daughters – a 10-year-old and 7-year-old twins – died in the fire.
Badger’s parents, who were visiting for the holiday season, also died.
Neighbors were awakened by the sound of screaming just before 5 a.m. EST and rushed outside, but they could only watch in horror as the house burned down.
“It is a terrible, terrible day,” said Mayor Michael Pavia at the scene of the fire. “There probably has not been a worse Christmas day in the city of Stamford.”
Badger is the founder of New York City-based Badger & Winters Group. She was treated and discharged by Sunday evening.
The male acquaintance who also escaped was a contractor who had been working on the home, Guzda said. He was also hospitalized.
Badger was the creative intellect responsible for major ad campaigns for leading fashion brands, including those Marky Mark underwear ads for Calvin Klein.
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