Police have now launched a triple murder investigation after a mum and her two children were killed in a fire incident.
Fatoumatta Hydara, aged 28, was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre following the fire in Fairisle Close, Clifton, at 3.17am on Sunday (20 November 2022).
She was placed on a life support machine but died on Tuesday morning (22 November 2022).
The woman’s two children, Naeemah Drammeh, aged one, and Fatimah Drammeh, aged three, were taken to the same hospital but were pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
A murder inquiry was 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. Police have been awarded an additional 36 hours to interview him.
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 between 12am and 4.30am on Sunday morning.”