Shelter Island connection to fatal Conn. fire

12/27/2011 8:04 PM |

The Connecticut woman whose entire family died in a Christmas morning house fire, which officials believe was sparked by fireplace embers, is a former Shelter Island resident.

Madonna Badger,  the founder of the Badger & Winter Group advertising agency in New York, lost her parents and three daughters to the fire, which destroyed her Soundfront home in Stanford. The fire, which was reported at 4:40 a.m. Christmas Day, apparently started between 3 and 3:30 a.m. from embers placed either just inside or outside a first floor entrance.

Ms. Badger and a male acquaintance escaped, but the blaze claimed her parents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson of  Southbury, Ct., and her daughters Lily, 10, and 7-year-old twins  Sarah and Grace. Her parents and daughters were visiting for the holidays.

Several years ago Ms. Badger served as a volunteer on the Shelter Island Deer and Tick Management Foundation.