A mother has died two days after her children were killed in a horrific house fire.
Fatoumatta Hydara, 28, was seriously injured in the arson attack on her home in Clifton, Nottingham, in the early hours of Sunday morning November 20.
Police confirmed today, November 22, that the mother-of-two died.
Ms Hydara was taken to Queen’s Medical Center following the Fairisle Close fire at 3.17am.
She was placed on life support but died on Tuesday morning.
The woman’s two children, one-year-old Naeemah Drammeh and three-year-old Fatimah Drammeh, were taken to the same hospital but were pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
A murder investigation has been opened after a joint investigation into the fires and police concluded the fire was started deliberately.
A 31-year-old man from Clifton was arrested on Sunday evening and remains in custody. The police were granted an additional 36 hours to question him.
The father of two young children spoke of his devastation yesterday as he tries to ‘come to terms with what happened’.
Aboubacarr Drammeh, 40, said he was overcome with grief when he returned to the UK yesterday, November 21, and rushed to hospital to see his wife, who is now deceased.
Mr Drammeh, who arrived at the scene around midday yesterday after returning from the US, told The Times: ‘I’m just grieving. I came straight from the airport and now I’m going to the hospital to see my wife.
“I don’t know what happened here.
“It’s so upsetting. I haven’t started to accept what happened.”
Neighbors have described desperate attempts to save the children’s lives after they were seen being carried out of the smoky home by firefighters.
Steven Davies, 54, who lives at the property below, said: ‘I woke up and the building was on fire. I saw the police dragging the little ones. The smoke was terrible. had no luck. The lady who lives there was really nice. The children were adorable. They were normal little children.
“They were lifeless when they took them out of the apartment, really dead.
“It’s just a malicious act, and whoever did it deserves what they’re going to get.”