Dad who lost 3 daughters in 2011 Christmas house fire dies at 51

A Connecticut father whose three children perished in a raging Christmas fire has died, according the nonprofit group he founded.

He was 51.

Matthew Badger's three young daughters died in the 2011 blaze, which ripped through a Stamford home shared by his ex-wife, her boyfriend, her parents and the girls.

The inferno, caused by fireplace embers, took the lives of 7-year-old twins Grace and Sarah, 9-year-old Lily, and their maternal grandparents Lomer and Pauline Johnson.

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Matthew Badger whose three children perished in a raging 2011 Christmas fire has died, according the nonprofit group he founded.

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Matthew Badger whose three children perished in a raging 2011 Christmas fire has died, according the nonprofit group he founded.

(Photo credit: INSIDE EDITION)

Matthew Badger whose three children perished in a raging 2011 Christmas fire has died, according the nonprofit group he founded.

(Photo credit: INSIDE EDITION)

Matthew Badger whose three children perished in a raging 2011 Christmas fire has died, according the nonprofit group he founded.

(Photo credit: INSIDE EDITION)

Matthew Badger whose three children perished in a raging 2011 Christmas fire has died, according the nonprofit group he founded.

(Photo credit: INSIDE EDITION)

Matthew Badger whose three children perished in a raging 2011 Christmas fire has died, according the nonprofit group he founded.

(Photo credit: INSIDE EDITION)

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Badger's death was announced on the Lily Sarah Grace Fund's Facebook page Thursday. He founded the charity in his daughters' names after the fatal fire.

"We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Matthew Badger, LSG co-founder. When LSG first started, it was to honor the lives and memories of Matthew's daughters," the post said.

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Madonna (C) and Matthew Badger (L) cry during the arrival of their daughters' caskets during their funeral service at Saint Thomas Church in New York January 5, 2012. A raging Christmas-morning house fire that killed Madonna Badger's elderly parents and her three young daughters, Lily, Grace, and Sarah, in Stamford, Connecticut, appears to have been caused by embers from a fireplace and was accidental, city officials said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Matthew and Madonna Badger watch as the caskets carrying the bodies of their three daughters arrive for funeral services on January 5, 2012 in New York City. Hundreds of people attended the service at St. Thomas Episcopal Church to remember Lilian Badger, 9, and her twin sisters Sarah and Grace, 7, who died in a fire in Stamford, CT along with their grandparents on Christmas morning. The girls' mother, Madonna Badger, and her friend Michael Borcina were the only survivors of the fire, attributed to a bag of smoldering ash and embers left in a first-floor mudroom. Officials reported the girls had wanted the ash out of the fireplace so that Santa Claus could come through the chimney. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Matthew and Madonna Badger watch as the caskets carrying the bodies of their three daughters arrive for funeral services on January 5, 2012 in New York City. Hundreds of people attended the service at St. Thomas Episcopal Church to remember Lilian Badger, 9, and her twin sisters Sarah and Grace, 7, who died in a fire in Stamford, CT on Christmas morning. The girls' mother, Madonna Badger, and her friend Michael Borcina were the only survivors of the fire, attributed to a bag of smoldering ash and embers left in a first-floor mudroom. Officials told The Associated Press Tuesday the girls had wanted the ash out of the fireplace so that Santa Claus could come through the chimney. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Family members watch with Matthew and Madonna Badger as a casket arrives for funeral services for three girls killed in a Christmas Day fire on January 5, 2012 in New York City. Hundreds of people attended the service at St. Thomas Episcopal Church to remember Lilian Badger, 9, and her twin sisters Sarah and Grace, 7, who died in a fire in Stamford, CT on Christmas morning. The girls' mother, Madonna Badger, and her friend Michael Borcina were the only survivors of the fire, attributed to a bag of smoldering ash and embers left in a first-floor mudroom. Officials reported the girls had wanted the ash out of the fireplace so that Santa Claus could come through the chimney. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Matthew and Madonna Badger embrace as the casket of one of their three daughters is carried ahead of funeral services for the girls on January 5, 2012 in New York City. Hundreds of people attended the service at St. Thomas Church to remember Lilian Badger, 9, and her twin sisters Sarah and Grace, 7, who died in a fire in Stamford, CT on Christmas morning. The girls' mother, Madonna Badger, and her friend Michael Borcina (in photo with hand on Madonna's shoulder)were the only survivors of the fire, attributed to a bag of smoldering ash and embers left in a first-floor mudroom. Officials told The Associated Press Tuesday the girls wanted the ash out of the fireplace so that Santa Claus could come through the chimney. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Matthew and Madonna Badger embrace as the casket of one of their three daughters arrives for funeral services on January 5, 2012 in New York City. Hundreds of people attended the service at St. Thomas Church to remember Lilian Badger, 9, and her twin sisters Sarah and Grace, 7, who died in a fire in Stamford, CT on Christmas morning. The girls' mother, Madonna Badger, and her friend Michael Borcina (in photo with hand on Madonna's shoulder) were the only survivors of the fire, attributed to a bag of smoldering ash and embers left in a first-floor mudroom. Officials told The Associated Press Tuesday the girls wanted the ash out of the fireplace so that Santa Claus could come through the chimney. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Madonna and Matthew Badger (C) watch the arrival of their daughters' caskets with other relatives during their funeral service at Saint Thomas Church in New York January 5, 2012. A raging Christmas-morning house fire that killed Madonna Badger's elderly parents and her three young daughters, Lily, Grace, and Sarah, in Stamford, Connecticut, appears to have been caused by embers from a fireplace and was accidental, city officials said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER)
Madonna and Matthew Badger's daughter's casket is carried out of Saint Thomas Church during her funeral service in New York January 5, 2012. A raging Christmas-morning house fire that killed Madonna Badger's elderly parents and her three young daughters, Lily, Grace, and Sarah, in Stamford, Connecticut, appears to have been caused by embers from a fireplace and was accidental, city officials said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER)
Madonna and Matthew Badger's daughter's casket is carried out of Saint Thomas Church during her funeral service in New York January 5, 2012. A raging Christmas-morning house fire that killed Madonna Badger's elderly parents and her three young daughters, Lily, Grace, and Sarah, in Stamford, Connecticut, appears to have been caused by embers from a fireplace and was accidental, city officials said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER)
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"Spurred by the vision of Matthew, and co-founder Abby Ballin, countless numbers of children nationwide have benefited from classroom learning experiences enriched by the arts and creativity."

A cause of death was not listed.

Read: Madonna Badger Faces Christmas One Year After Family's Death

The children's mother, Madonna Badger, and her then-boyfriend, contractor Michael Borcina, escaped the blaze.

Investigators said the fire began inside a paper bag filled with fireplace ashes, which had been placed in the Victorian home's mudroom.

Borcina had cleaned the hearth to make room for Santa Claus to visit, the mother said at the time.

The home was under renovation at the time and there were no working fire alarms in the house. Badger later collected $5 million after filing a wrongful death suit against Borcina, who was involved with the remodeling.

Madonna Badger took to Facebook Thursday, saying Badger "was a wonderful man with a generous heart. He was an amazing dad to his girls."

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