NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The father of three girls killed in a Christmas morning fire in Connecticut says he’s channeling his grief into a project that supports school arts programs in their memory.

Matthew Badger told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he wants his daughters’ lives to have meaning. He says he needed to heal and when he works on the Lily Sarah Grace Fund, his mood changes from grief to love.

His daughters, 9-year-old Lily and 7-year-old twins Sarah and Grace, along with their grandparents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson, were killed in the fire at the girls’ mother’s house in Stamford.

Authorities say the blaze began after Badger’s estranged wife’s friend discarded fireplace ashes.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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