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Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Over Christmas House Fire That Killed 3 Girls, Grandparents

The 2011 Christmas fire killed Madonna and Matthew Badger's 7-year-old twins, 10-year-old daughter and parents

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    Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Over Christmas House Fire That Killed 3 Girls, Grandparents
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    Matthew Badger (left) died Thursday. The cause of his death is unknown. His three daughters and the parents of his ex-wife (right) were killed in a 2011 blaze in Stamford.

    What to Know

    • The 2011 Christmas fire killed 7-year-old twins Grace and Sarah Badger, 9-year-old Lily Badger, and their maternal grandparents

    • The girls' father, Matthew Badger, sued on their behalf, saying the city failed to properly inspect renovations at the home

    • He died in February and his brother took over as executor

    A Connecticut city on Tuesday says that it has settled a lawsuit filed by the family of three little girls who died in a 2011 Christmas house fire that also killed their grandparents. 

    Terms of the settlement announced by Stamford legal affairs director Kathryn Emmett were not disclosed, but include a $250,000 donation from the city to a charity or school to be determined by the girl's family. 

    The fire killed 7-year-old twins Grace and Sarah Badger, 9-year-old Lily Badger, and their maternal grandparents, Lomar and Pauline Johnson. 

    The girls' father, Matthew Badger, sued on their behalf. 

    He died in February, but his brother, Sherwin Campbell Badger, took over as executor. Jury selection had started in the case and a trial was expected to begin this month. 

    "The parties consider the settlement to be fair," Emmett said in a statement to The Advocate newspaper. "The city is sympathetic to the tremendous losses suffered by the Badger family." 

    The defendants did not admit any liability or fault in the settlement. 

    "I appreciate that the Stamford defendants have agreed to resolve this case," Campbell Badger said in the joint statement. 

    The suit said the city failed to properly inspect renovations at the home. The suit alleged the city and some officials were reckless by giving the contractor a building permit even though he had no contractor's license, and approved plans that didn't include smoke detectors in the girls' third-floor bedrooms, which were legally required. 

    The suit also said the city "engaged in a cover-up" when it tore down the house the day after it burned, thus eliminating evidence. 

    The city's lawyers had denied all the allegations in the suit. 

    The fire was blamed on fireplace ashes left in a mudroom.

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