The Connecticut mom whose three daughters died in a Christmas Day fire plans to sue the city of Stamford for $3 million for demolishing her gutted home.
Madonna Badger filed a notice of claim arguing that Stamford officials destroyed evidence and violated her civil rights when they gave an order to tear down the 116-year-old, three-story home the day after the horrific blaze.
The loss of the burned evidence prevents Badger from obtaining compensation for the "extreme emotional distress and mental anguish" she suffered, the legal notice says.
Stamford's director of legal affairs vowed to fight the claim, which was filed with the city clerk's office Friday.
The fire, which officials blamed on discarded fireplace embers, killed Badger's daughters -- Lily, nine, and twins Sarah and Grace, seven -- as well as her parents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson.
The cause was listed as accidental, and no criminal charges were filed.
Stamford's buildings department had the remains of the $1.7 million Victorian-style home destroyed on the grounds that it was a public safety hazard.