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Insurer balks at claims over Christmas fire that killed 5, saying contractor misled company
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ' 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 he did.
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 performed. The company says if it knew the facts, it would not have issued coverage.
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.