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Family says Brooklyn power outage caused mother’s death

July 30, 2018 - 8:17 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- One woman says a Sunday morning power outage in a Brooklyn apartment complex caused her mother’s death.

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 Elizabeth Ramos’ daughter, Ashley, said she was sleeping next to her mother when the power went out in their apartment. She said she was woken up by the warning signal on by her mother’s ventilator.

"It was just like 'BEEP!' Like you heard the sound go off. That's what woke me up," Ashley told ABC 7 News.

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

Elizabeth Ramos’ family said the 57-year-old suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, for years. They said her life depended on her ventilator and oxygen filter.

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

“It seems that person had been deceased for a while, but it’s currently being investigated by the medical examiner,” said FDNY Chief Edward Bobb.

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.