Flat fire in Nottingham: Man charged with murder of a mother and her two daughters, police say | UK News

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A man has been charged with the murder of a mother and her two young daughters following a flat fire in Nottingham.

Fatoumatta Hyderabad and her children – Fatimah, three, and one-year-old Naeemah – died in hospital after the fire at their home in Clifton on Sunday.

Nottinghamshire Police said on Thursday that Jamie Barrow, 31, has been charged with their murder.

A joint fire and police investigation concluded that the fire was deliberately set.

Ms Hydara and her daughters were taken to the Queen’s Medical Center after the fire in Fairisle Close in the early hours of Sunday, where the sisters were pronounced dead in hospital.

Tribute outside the apartment in Clifton

Police said the 28-year-old mother had been placed on life support but died on Tuesday morning.

Barrow, of Fairisle Close, will be remanded in custody overnight to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Our thoughts remain with the family at this incredibly painful time, as well as the communities affected by this most tragic incident.

“The grief this family has endured is incomprehensible.”

He said large teams of detectives have been “working relentlessly” alongside specialist search units and forensic experts to understand the full circumstances behind the fire.

“Following these investigations, we have charged a suspect with three counts of murder,” he said, adding that officers were doing everything they could to get justice for the mother and children.

Ms Hydara’s uncle, Dawda Dibba, speaking on behalf of the family, told reporters on Thursday: “We lost a beautiful, very, very beautiful soul.

Fatoumatta Hydara's uncle Dawda Dibba attends a vigil in honor of the 28-year-old who was killed after a house fire that also claimed the lives of her two children
Fatoumatta Hydara’s uncle Dawda Dibba attends a vigil in honor of the family

“Fatoumatta is such an incredible person. She wouldn’t even hurt a fly.

“She didn’t want to hurt anyone in her life. It’s really hard.”

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Another uncle, Bubacarr Dibba, added: “Fatoumatta is her mother’s best friend. That’s the main thing I struggle with, how my sister will live without her daughter and the only grandchildren. It’s just so tragic.”

Aboubacarr Drammeh, the children’s father and Mrs Hydara’s husband, was supported by relatives and dozens of members of the Gambian community as he visited the site to pray for his family.

On Wednesday, the 40-year-old released his own statement, saying: “It is with great sadness that we have lost Fatoumatta and our two daughters in such a tragic way.

The children's father
Aboubacarr Drammeh, the children’s father

“Fatoumatta had lived a short but very beautiful and fulfilling life. As a former volunteer, Fatoumatta was a very happy, bubbly woman.

“My parents-in-law and I are left without daughters, grandchildren and nieces. I will deeply miss my family.”

Nottinghamshire Police previously said they had 40 detectives working with specialists to investigate the murders.

Police have searched gardens and nearby paths close to the flat in the Clifton area of ​​the city and are continuing to collect CCTV and witness statements.

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