The woman whose three daughters and parents were killed when her Stamford, CT home was destroyed in a Christmas Day fire is finally speaking out. Madonna Badger was interviewed by the Today Show yesterday and the segment will air on Thursday (the full interview will be shown on Rock Center at 10 p.m. that night). The Today Show shared a clip, and it's harrowing:

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Badger; her daughters Lily, Sarah and Grace; her parents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson; and her boyfriend Michael Borcina were staying in the still-under renovation home for the holidays. The blaze broke out overnight and Badger and Borcina escaped, while the Johnsons, who were apparently trying to rescue the girls, and children died. According to investigators, it's believed the still-smoldering embers that were inside a bag and placed in a mudroom contributed to the blaze, which totally consumed the three-story Victorian. And it seems that Borcina, who had been overseeing the renovations, had removed the embers from the fireplace because the children were worried about Santa Claus coming down the chimney.

In the clip from the Today Show, Badger describes waiting outside the burning home with firefighters, "I begged and begged them. There was an ambulance, and the walkie-talkies are going on, and I’m yelling at them, ‘Where are my kids? Where are my babies?’ Somebody said, ‘Turn off the radios, turn off the radios!’ I knew they must’ve… I don’t know what happened. Something really bad."

No criminal charges are going to be filed in the case, but Badger and her ex-husband, Matthew Badger, have separately filed notices of claim for possible lawsuits. Matthew Badger is also working on raising money for public school art programs in honor of his daughters.