LATEST: Marcia Gay Harden's Christmas turned from bad to worse when her niece AUDREY, 10, lost her battle to survive a fire which killed her brother.

The OSCAR winner's nephew SANDER lost his life in the blaze which broke out at the siblings' Queens, New York, home on 15 December (03), but family and friends were hoping little Audrey would survive.

But the little girl and Harden's former sister-in-law REBECCA lost their lives in hospital days after the blaze.

The fire is believed to have started when a candle set fire to a curtain.

28/12/2003 10:40