Two days after her children perished in a terrible house fire, a mother passed away.
In the early hours of Sunday, Nov. 20, an arsonist attacked Fatoumatta Hydara’s home in Clifton, Nottingham, gravely injuring her.
Police announced the death of the mother-of-two today, November 22.
At 3.17 am, Ms. Hydara was evacuated to Queen’s Medical Center after a fire in Fairisle Close.
She was put on a life support system, but on Tuesday morning she passed away.
Both of the woman’s two children, Fatimah Drammeh, age three, and Naeemah Drammeh, age one, were brought to the same hospital but died shortly after being admitted.
After it was determined that the fire was intentionally caused, a murder investigation was opened.
A 31-year-old man from Clifton was arrested on Sunday night and remains in custody. Police have been awarded an additional 36 hours to interview him.
The father of the two young children yesterday spoke of his devastation as he tries to “come to terms with what has happened”.
Aboubacarr Drammeh, 40, said he was overcome with grief as he arrived back in the UK yesterday, Nov. 21, and rushed to hospital to see his wife, who has now died.
Mr Drammeh, who arrived at the scene at around midday yesterday after flying back from the US, told the Times: “I am just grieving. 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.
“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.”