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May 19, 2019

Losses keep coming for Brooklyn family devastated by fire, survivor is brain dead: relatives

October 12, 2018
Two women has died after a three alarm fire broke out in a building at Buffalo Ave and Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn on August 17th. Now a survivor is brain dead, the family says. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)

A woman who survived a Brooklyn fire that killed her sister and her niece has been declared brain dead, the Daily News has learned.

Cylister Scarlett, 65, was critically injured in the massive Aug. 17 blaze that took the life of sibling Vernia Roberts, 79, and her 54-year-old daughter Victoria.

“I’m heartbroken,” said Scarlett’s daughter, Tjuana. “My mom usually calls me and sings Happy Birthday to me. I miss that,” she said, explaining that she turned 50 on Monday.

A second fire survivor, Vernia’s son Keith Roberts, has been recovering and doing rehabilitation.

Now Scarlett’s daughter, Tijuana, wants to be named her guardian so the family can pursue a lawsuit against the owner of her aunt’s apartment house.

There were no smoke detectors in the Eastern Parkway building, she claims.

The family’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, said they are still waiting for results of an investigation into the cause of the Brownsville fire.

“The family hopes for damages that would prevent anything like this from happening again so another family doesn’t suffer this type of horrible tragedy,” Rubenstein said.

In the meantime, Tjuana remains hopeful for a miracle to bring her mother out of her coma.

“We sing to her. We talk to her. We tell her stories,” Tjuana said “We go down memory lane with her. We don’t know if she can hear us. It’s very tough.”.

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