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Top adwoman's three little girls died 'trying to protect Santa'

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By Noel Young, Correspondent

January 4, 2012 | 2 min read

Top New York advertisng executive Madonna Badger this week returned to the scene of the horrific fire that gutted her Connecticut home on Christmas Day, killing her three little daughters and her parents.

Madonna Badger

As she made the heart-wrenching trip on Monday, it was revealed that the embers that sparked the Christmas Day inferno were taken out of the fireplace because the children feared they’d injure Santa Claus.

Badger’s man-friend Mike Borcina, who had been been doing work on the house, put the ashes outside in a bag - without dousing them with water. The wind carried them back toward the house, sparking the blaze.

Badger and Borcina escaped as flames engulfed the $1.7 million Victorian mansion, which was under renovation.

The victims were 10-year-old Lily and 7-year-old twins Grace and Sarah and Badger’s parents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson.

Two men accompanied Badger as she walked bravely past the crime-scene tape and a fence surrounding the property toward her still-standing garage. The house has been demolished.

She spent more than an hour inside before coming out with several large bags of personal items.

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