STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Stamford fire official says a house where five people died in a Christmas morning fire has been torn down because it was unsafe.

Fire chief Antonio Conte said Monday that the building department ordered the $1.7 million house razed. He said interviews with the home’s owner– advertising executive Madonna Badger and a male acquaintance– will be finished Monday.

Both escaped. Police say Badger’s three daughters– a 10-year-old and 7-year-old twins –and her parents, who were visiting for the holiday, died in the blaze.

Conte had no details on the investigation.

He said the fire was Stamford’s worst since 1987 which also killed five people.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a former mayor of Stamford, said in a statement that his thoughts and prayers go out to Badger.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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