Nottingham fire: Mum dies in hospital 2 days after her baby children killed in blaze
A mum has tragically died in hospital two days after her baby children were killed in a blaze at their home, police have said.
Fatoumatta Hydara, 28, was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre following the fire at the flat in the Clifton area of Nottingham, at 3.17am on Sunday.
She was placed on a life support machine but passed away on Tuesday morning – just 48 hours after her daughters died.
Her two children Naeemah Drammeh and Fatimah Drammeh, aged one and three, were taken to the same hospital but were pronounced dead shortly after arrival on Sunday.
A triple murder inquiry has been launched after a joint fire and police investigation concluded the fire was started deliberately.
A 31-year-old man from Clifton who was arrested on Sunday night remains in custody – and police have been awarded an additional 36 hours to interview him.
The fire was extinguished at around 4am and neighbouring properties were temporarily evacuated during the incident.
Fatoumatta’s husband, Aboubacarr Drammeh, 40, who is also the father of the children, visited the scene of the fatal fire yesterday after arriving in the UK from the US.
Detectives said he and other family members had suffered an “incredible loss”, and added they were being supported by specially trained officers.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Sinski, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are dealing with one of the most horrendous crimes – the death of two young children and their mother.
“This is a deeply upsetting tragedy and I can only imagine the family’s pain. They include the woman’s husband and the father of the two children, who was not in the UK at the time of the fire.
“Both he and other members of the family are being supported by specially-trained officers at this incredibly difficult time and we ask for the media to give them privacy while they deal with this incredible loss.
“This has been an extremely traumatic event for them, and I’d like to reassure them we’re doing everything we possibly can to bring them the justice they deserve.
“To achieve this, a large team of detectives has been working long days and nights to investigate the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.
“A number of specialists have also been examining the scene and this is likely to continue for some time. This is now being treated as a triple homicide.
“The local community has been shocked and deeply saddened by the events of the past two days and I want to thank those living in the area for the patience and understanding while we gather evidence at the scene.
“I also want to thank those who have already come forward, but I would urge anyone with any information, regardless of how insignificant you think it may be, to contact us.
“We would specifically like to speak to anyone who was in or around Fairisle Close between 12am and 4.30am on Sunday morning.”
Speaking on Monday outside the badly smoke-damaged flat, Mr Drammeh said: “I am just grieving. I have just flown in from America. I have come straight here from the airport and now I am going to the hospital to see my wife.
“I don’t know what has happened here. I need to try and understand what. This is just so upsetting. I haven’t started to come to terms with what has happened.”
Neighbours described desperate attempts to save the lives of the children after they were seen being carried from the smoke-filled home by firefighters.
Steven Davies, 54, who lives in the property below, said: “I woke up and the building was on fire. I saw the police drag out the little ones. The smoke was terrible.
“The kids would have had no chance. The lady who lives there was really kind. The children were lovely. They were normal little kids.
“They were lifeless when they got them out of the flat, proper dead.
“This is just a malicious act, and whoever did it deserves what they are going to get.”
Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s just horrendous. I was actually awake when it was all happening but I was watching a film in bed with my headphones on. I could hear a lad shouting, but at first, I thought it was part of the movie.
“I eventually looked out and saw the flashing blue lights. We couldn’t see any flames – it was just all smoke. There was a lot of it – you can see the blackening around the window. At one point there was a mad dash, and firemen went running inside.
“My girlfriend and I watched them bring the two kids. Three fire officers were carrying what we think was probably the three-year-old, then one officer came out holding the toddler.
“They carried them just over the road and were working on them for ages doing CPR, it must have been a good 30 minutes.
“But obviously it was too late. It’s a tragedy – I’ve got grandchildren myself and to see that was just awful.
“We didn’t see them bring the woman out. I just really know her to say hello to, but she seems nice.”
Clifton is a sprawling council estate on the south side of Nottingham with a population of over 20,000. At the time of its construction in the 1950s, it was one of the largest developments of its type in Europe.
High visibility patrols will be based in the area over the coming days to offer reassurance and speak to residents about any concerns they may have, police said.
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to submit it here.
You can also call 101 and ask for Nottinghamshire Police quoting incident 110 of 20 November 2022.