STAMFORD, CT (PIX11)—Just four days after five members of one family lost their lives on Christmas Day, the 70 firefighters who fought to save them returned to work. It wasn't your ordinary first day back, however.
Instead firefighters met with the FDNY's counseling services and other mental health professionals to help them grasp with the trauma just a few days ago.
"The fact that there was an unsuccessful attempt at rescue of anybody is something you hate to ever deal with," said Captain Paul Newman of the Stamford Firefighters' Union.
Madonna Badger and her friend, Michael Borcina, are the sole survivors of the raging fire, which officials say started after burning embers were thrown out from the fireplace. Flames quickly engulfed the large Victorian home on Shippan Avenue, killing Badger's parents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson and her daughters Lily, Grace and Sarah.
The medical examiner says all five died of smoke inhalation.