By Pa Modou Faal
Fatoumatta Hydara who was rushed to the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham together with her two daughters in the early hours of Sunday, 20th November 2022 after a fire engulfed her two-storey residential property in Clifton, has also been pronounced dead on Tuesday 22nd November.
The two girls Naeemah and Fatimah Drammeh aged one and three respectively who were treated by the fire and rescue services for smoke inhalation were pronounced dead on Sunday morning shortly after arriving at the QMC.
The incident which happened at Fairisle Close, Clifton, after 3am on Sunday left Fatoumatta on a life support machine which she eventually succumbed to on Tuesday.
A Nottinghamshire Police press release revealed that a triple murder investigation has now been launched following a joint conclusion by the fire and rescue department and the police that the fire was deliberately started.
According to the release, “a 31-year-old man from Clifton who was arrested on Sunday night remains in custody. Police have been awarded an additional 36 hours to interview him.”
The officer leading the investigation Detective Chief Inspector Mark Sinski 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.”
Fatoumatta who hailed from The Gambia lived with her parents and siblings in Nottingham before moving to Clifton.
The devastating and tragic news has struck the Gambian community in Nottinghamshire with disbelief, sadness and sorrow.
Many came to know about this tragic incident through the community’s WhatsApp group where information is disseminated.
Since then, sympathisers have been paying their respect to the family, giving them the psychological support, and extending their sympathy at a very difficult time.
The Gambian community expressed gratitude to the police and fire services for their tenacity in the way they are handling the case.
Although an arrest has been made and the suspect is helping the police in their investigations, members of the community joined the family asking the police to leave no stone unturned in the investigation.
When I visited the scene following the official announcement of the dead of Fatoumatta Hydara on Tuesday by Nottinghamshire Police, people from the Fairisle Close neighbourhood and other sympathisers have been visiting the scene of the incident with floral tributes and notes to pay their respect and show their distraught for this callous act.
One of the notes reads; “2 little sisters taken wickedly…we’re all praying for mommy” but this was written before the latest shocking news of Fatoumatta’s dead.
There is still a police presence with the area of interest cordoned off while forensic officials continue with their investigations.
Some neighbours told the gathered press there that Fatoumatta was a very peaceful and friendly lady, always smiling.
They said she was a lovely mother to her two daughters. Collin Brown a neighbour was in shock.
“How on earth can someone be full of hate to do this”, said Mr Brown.
“They were very peaceful, friendly and do not deserve such acts of cruelty”, said the other neighbour.
This is a developing story and Mojatu Media will continue to closely monitor the developments and keep you informed accordingly.