No criminal charges in Conn. Christmas fatal fire

The house in Stamford, Conn. where an early morning fire left five people dead Dec. 25, 2011. The house's owner survived, but lost both her parents and 3 children in the blaze. (AP)

The house in Stamford, Conn. where an early morning fire left five people dead Dec. 25, 2011. The house's owner survived, but lost both her parents and 3 children in the blaze. (AP)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut prosecutor says he will not file criminal charges related to a Christmas morning fire that killed three girls and their grandparents.

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

Officials say it was started by embers in a bag of discarded fireplace ashes.

Stamford State's Attorney David Cohen said Friday that some precautions were taken and that while in hindsight they were insufficient, they did not rise to the level of criminal negligence.

The girls' mother and a friend escaped the fire.


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