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Mother and 2 daughters killed in Brooklyn fire mourned by family and neighbors: ‘She was beautiful’

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A fire in Brooklyn that claimed the lives of a loving mother and her two daughters left loved ones overwhelmed with grief for answers on Saturday.

Danielle Havens, 48, and her daughters – Journee Miles, 11, and Kelsee Miles, 9 – were found inside the third floor apartment on Gates Avenue near Tompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where a fire broke out in the family’s kitchen just after 5 a.m. Friday, authorities said.

“I need time. I’m going through a lot,” devastated dad Kwan Joseph Miles told The Post on Saturday.

“I can’t talk to you right now,” repeated Dawn Havens, Danielle’s sister.

The beloved mother and daughters never had a chance despite the heroic efforts of the FDNY, which declared the deadly fire a tragic accident.

FDNY firefighters determined the fire was “Accidental due to negligence in the kitchen. A smoke detector was not present,” the department tweeted.

Ballerinas in duel Kelsee Miles and Journee Miles.
Danielle Havens/Facebook

A next-door neighbor said Havens moved into the Bed-Stuy home with her daughters less than a year ago, but the family had many happy times.

Traces of hopscotch games remained on the sidewalk.

Mom and her daughters enjoyed posing for fun photos.


Daytime
A smile from the Big Apple of Journee, 11, who was a child model.
Danielle Havens/Facebook

Journee was a model child, and photos of her appeared in the “Love Is” baby book edited by former New York First Lady Chirlane McCray, according to Havens on Facebook.

Photos of Journee’s younger models appeared in Essence magazine and a Mastercard ad in addition to the McCray-edited book, which was distributed to 200,000 families across the city to promote reading around 2015.

The girls enjoyed the ballet and preened for the camera, according to another snap.


Danielle Haven
Danielle Havens was known to be a doting mother to her two daughters.
Danielle Havens/Facebook

Danielle Haven
Danielle Havens was remembered by her amazed neighbors.
Danielle Havens/Facebook

The building of the deadly fire
FDNY firefighters determined the fire was “Accidental due to negligence in the kitchen. A smoke alarm was not present,” the department said. said.
Citizen

The deadly fire
The fire was brought under control around 5:45 a.m. Friday.
Citizen

The fire scene
The convicted mother and daughters suffered burns and smoke inhalation and were not breathing when first responders arrived, EMS chief Michael Fields said.
Gregory P. Mango

“All [Havens] did it, she did it with her children. She was beautiful,” grieving neighbor Darlene Brown-Bezear said.

FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh told reporters during a Friday briefing that firefighters responded to the burning building within three minutes and encountered “heavy smoke and fire upon arrival.”

The convicted mother and children suffered from burns and smoke inhalation and were not breathing when first responders arrived, EMS Chief Michael Fields said.


Miles of Kelsee
Kelsee Miles, 9.
Danielle Havens/FacebookV

They were intubated and given hydroxocobalamin — a drug meant to reverse the effects of cyanide overdoses, Fields said.

The mother and daughters were transported to Woodhull Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead, officials said.

The fire was brought under control around 5:45 a.m.


Hopscotch on the sidewalk
The girls enjoyed playing hopscotch.
Gregory P. Mango

The aftermath of the fire
Authorities said the fire started shortly after 5am on Friday.
Greg Mango

Only the family dog ​​survived the fire, according to a neighbor.

In response to Friday’s deadly fire, the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit was on the block until early Saturday afternoon to share safety information.

Mayor Eric Adams on Friday noted the intensity of a mother’s love for her children and said the tragedy had affected the entire city.

“In losing two children, our thoughts are with the family, the neighbors, the neighborhood,” he said.



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