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Emergency hearing in Stamford wrongful death lawsuit to be held Thursday

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Three young girls and their grandparents died in a house fire in Stamford five years ago. (WFSB) Three young girls and their grandparents died in a house fire in Stamford five years ago. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Three young sisters and their grandparents died in a house fire in Stamford five years ago on Christmas.

The wrongful death lawsuit brought against contractors hired to do renovations on the home where they died, is continuing.

On Thursday, an emergency hearing is scheduled involving Michael Borcina, the main contractor.   

Borcina was ordered by the court to turn over documents related to the lawsuit, more than a year ago, so an emergency hearing was scheduled to find out why he hasn't done so and now...he's gone missing.

According to court documents, “the city of Stamford claims that Borcina has information that would assist in the defense of its case” through construction documents.

Lily, Sarah and Grace Badger and their grandparents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson died on Christmas Day in 2011 as the result of a fire at their family home in Stamford.

The children's father Matthew Badger brought a wrongful death case against Michael Borcina, who was hired to do renovations on the home.

During that time, Borcina was also romantically involved with the girls’ mother Madonna, at the time for the fire.

The lawsuit also named Robert Smith, an electrician Borcina hired, Smith's electrical company, the architect Madonna Badger hired, another electrician and his company, and the city of Stamford as defendants.

Borcina settled his part in the lawsuit. That agreement required Borcina to cooperate in the lawsuit against the other defendants.

The city claims that Borcina has more knowledge than anyone regarding allegations, which claim the home had become a firetrap, as result of incomplete construction, which included a lack of fire detectors. 

In the court documents, Borcina's attorney tells the court he does not know where his client is and has been unable to reach him. 

Without the documents, the defendants are asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit.

The hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m.

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