And, at first, the festivities sounded idyllic. That Christmas Eve, Badger’s mom had been busy in the kitchen, cooking up apple pie and sugar cookies. Meanwhile, her dad had just finished his shift as Santa Claus at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and was settling into some down time.
Badger herself, meanwhile, stayed up until 3:30 a.m, busily wrapping gifts. Her girls would all receive iPhones – presents that they ought to have excitedly opened only a matter of hours later. However, on what should have been one of the happiest days of the year, disaster then struck.
In the early hours of Christmas morning, a fire broke out at Badger’s family home, and the mother of three awoke to a smoke-filled room. Out of instinct, she escaped through her bedroom window and began climbing up some scaffolding to reach her daughters.