Landlord exposed fatally burned girl to dangerous conditions, civil case finds

Posted by: DO/Monday, April 16, 2018/Categories: In The News

Eight-year-old Treasure Brighon lingered for two months in a hospital before succumbing to injuries from a fire that ripped through her family's East Side apartment and killed two other people in 2016.

Her family, in a lawsuit, claimed their out-of-town landlord didn't provide working smoke detectors in the home.

The landlord, Sayara A. Uddin, never showed up in court. And he never paid the $5 million judgment that State Supreme Court Justice Mark Grisanti ordered in his absence for Treasure's pain and suffering.

The judgement, which had not previously been reported, came to light this week when the court added $375,000 in interest to the money Uddin owes.

Treasure's mother, Tempest Thomas, in October 2016 sued the owner of their apartment for negligently exposing the family to dangerous conditions. The family said they had complained to the landlord about problems with the electrical system in the Humber Avenue apartment in the weeks before the fire.

"He was an out-of-town slumlord and the home burned down and a girl died in the most tragic fashion in a Cincinnati hospital," said Thomas' attorney, Michael J. Cooper of Cellino & Barnes. "And I sued him and he never showed up for anything."

Now, Uddin owes even more. An updated ruling issued this week added $375,000 in interest to the judgment.

Brooklyn-based Uddin never contested the lawsuit filed on behalf of Treasure's estate.

Thomas’ testimony painted a grim picture of Treasure’s last weeks and the painful treatments she endured as she fought for her life, Cooper said, and the landlord was “blatantly negligent” in her injuries and death.

Efforts by The News to reach Uddin since the fire have failed.

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