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Family Blames East New York Power Outage For Woman’s Death

July 30, 2018 - 7:01 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A woman says a Sunday morning power outage in a Brooklyn housing development caused her mother’s death, but NYPD and FDNY officials are denying the claim.

Officials say 46 buildings in the Spring Creek Towers apartments in East New York, formerly known as Starrett City, lost power at around 5 a.m.

57-year-old old Elizabeth Ramos’ daughter, Ashley, said she was sleeping next to her mother when the power went out in their 16th floor apartment. She explained that two respirators Elizabeth relied on to breathe gave warning signals before turning off.

Ashley said she called for help but that her mother died by the time first responders arrived.

Elizabeth Ramos’ family said the 57-year-old suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, for years. They said they had repeatedly asked the building’s management to move her to a lower floor to avoid a tragedy in the event of a power outage.

“She even mentioned ‘I’m scared one day the power can go out and I can die’, and look what happened,” Ashley told CBS 2 News. “That’s exactly what happened.”

Both the FDNY and NYPD said Ramos’ death didn’t appear related to the outage.

Four other residents were transported to Brookdale Hospital for evaluation, according to the complex’s management.

Power was restored at 10 a.m. to the entire development, which houses thousands of people and has its own power plant outside the management of Con Edison.