STAMFORD, Conn. -- A key figure in the 2011 tragic Stamford Christmas Day fire that killed three children and their grandparents has failed to turn up for several depositions for lawsuits over the fire, according to the Hartford Courant.
Michael Borcina, the contractor who led the renovations to the house and the former boyfriend of Madonna Badger, the children's mother, is nowhere to be found, according to court documents.
A Superior Court judge will hold a hearing Thursday to try to find out where Borcina is and why he has not turned over documents related to the case, said the Courant.
After the fire, which killed 7-year-old twins Grace and Sarah Badger, 9-year-old Lily Badger, and their grandparents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson, Borcina told investigators that he had placed the fireplace ashes in the mudroom, after checking to make sure they were cool. Authorities point to the ashes as the source of the deadly fire.
Later, Borcina changed his story and said that he had lied to protect Badger and that she had put the ashes in the mudroom. Since that time he has settled one lawsuit for $5 million, the Courant said. The children's father is suing Borcina, the city of Stamford and Best Electrical, for performing shoddy work that caused the home to become a firetrap, said the Hartford Courant.