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Conn. prosecutor weighs charges in Christmas blaze

Conn. prosecutor weighs criminal charges against contractor in fire that killed 5 on Christmas By The Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ' A prosecutor is deciding whether to file criminal charges in the deaths of three girls and their grandparents on Christmas morning in an accidental blaze that authorities say was started after a contractor discarded a bag of fireplace ashes at the Connecticut home.

The case has been followed closely in part because of the high profile of the girl's mother, fashion advertising executive Madonna Badger. She survived the fire along with her friend Michael Borcina, a contractor who had been renovating the $1.7 million Victorian home on Long Island Sound.

While investigators say the fire was accidental, it's not uncommon for people to be charged with crimes such as involuntary manslaughter for unintentionally starting deadly fires.

Stamford Prosecutor David Cohen and Borcina's attorney have declined to comment.

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