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Autopsies say 5 Conn. family members died of smoke inhalation from Christmas house fire
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) ' The Connecticut medical examiner says the five family members who were killed in a Christmas morning house fire in Stamford died of smoke inhalation.
The medical examiner's office said Wednesday that the grandfather, Lomer Johnson, also suffered a blunt head and neck trauma, which could have resulted from a fall or being hit by an object.
All the deaths were ruled accidental. Stamford fire officials said Tuesday that embers in a bag of discarded fireplace ashes started the fire.
The other four victims were Johnson's wife, Pauline, and three of their granddaughters, 10-year-old Lily and 7-year-old twins Grace and Sarah.
The girls' mother, advertising executive Madonna Badger, and Michael Borcina, a friend and contractor working on the house, escaped.