Fire Prevention Efforts Stepped Up 2 Years After Fatal Christmas Blaze

Stamford firefighters have redoubled their efforts to prevent fires since three sisters and their grandparents died in a Christmas Day house fire in 2011.

The Advocate of Stamford reports that Public Safety Director Ted Jankwoski says firefighters have inspected nearly 800 single- and multi-family homes and installed 46 smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors free of charge.

The department has distributed more than 600 smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Many were donated by the Stamford Fire Safety Foundation Fund, launched by Fire Capt. Matt Palmer after the deadly blaze.

Palmer has raised $17,000 for prevention initiatives. Every Stamford firehouse is stocked with smoke alarm installation kits.

The fire at Madonna Badger's home killed 7-year-old twins Grace and Sarah, 9-year-old Lily and Badger's parents. The city determined the cause was accidental.

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