Insurance co. balks at claims in fatal Conn. fire

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Action News

An insurance company says it should not have to pay claims stemming from a Christmas morning fire in Connecticut that killed five people because a contractor renovating the house misrepresented the type and scope of work his company performs.

Utica First Insurance Co. argues in a lawsuit filed this week in New York that Michael Borcina misrepresented the number of employees with his construction company, its sales and payroll, and size and type of work it performs. The insurer says it wouldn't have provided coverage had it known the facts.

The fire in Stamford, blamed on discarded fireplace ashes, killed 9-year-old Lily and 7-year-old twins Sarah and Grace Badger, and their grandparents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson.

An attorney for Borcina, who escaped the fire, says he's disappointed with the insurer.

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