Mother fighting for life after horror flat fire ‘is unaware’ that her daughters died in blaze

Mother left fighting for life after escaping horror flat fire ‘is unaware’ that her two daughters, aged one and three, died in blaze – as man, 31, is quizzed on suspicion of murder

  • A horror blaze in Nottingham killed two young girls and injured their mother 
  • The mother is said to be in a serious condition and unaware of the girls’ deaths
  • A man, 31, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder 

A mother left fighting for her life after escaping a horror flat blaze which killed her two young daughters is unaware of their tragic deaths, a family friend said today.

The tearful woman, laying flowers at their home which was deliberately set on fire, wept: ‘It is heartbreaking. They are such a lovely family.

‘The mum is not very well at all, she is in a really bad way and we’ve heard she has not been told of the loss of her two little girls.

‘I can’t think of anything worse to happen particularly at this time of year just before Christmas. It really is horrendous, your worst nightmare.’

A 31-year man arrested on suspicion of double murder and attempted murder is still being questioned by police.

Two sisters, aged one and three, were miraculously pulled alive from the raging inferno at their first floor flat in Clifton on the outskirts of Nottingham city centre in the early hours of yesterday.

Police have now launched a murder investigation after two children died and their mother was left critically injured in a flat fire in Nottingham

Police have now launched a murder investigation after two children died and their mother was left critically injured in a flat fire in Nottingham

Emergency services were called to reports of a fire in Fairisle Close, Clifton in Nottingham yesterday

Emergency services were called to reports of a fire in Fairisle Close, Clifton in Nottingham yesterday

But despise desperate attempts by medics the youngsters, who had suffered smoke inhalation, sadly died later in hospital.

Their mum remains in a critical condition in intensive care as family members and friends pray she will pull through.

The mourner added: ‘I had to come here to drop off some flowers and oat my respects.

‘It is very distressing seeing their home. It is gutted.

‘The mum who us in her early 30shad lived locally for a long time. There were problems with her partner who may recently have become an ex but it is not for me to say what they were.

‘ I just hope and pray she makes a full recovery but finding about her girls have gone will be unbearable for her.’

Forensic experts which sniffer dogs were this morning sifting through the wreckage of the council home in Fairisle Close.

Debris was clearly visible through the top broken window and the gutted flat below.

Neighbours in the adjoining flats have been evacuated and the crime scene remains cordoned off.

Two well wishers, who didn’t know the family, left flowers outside with a message ‘With love and prayers from the church at Clifton .

One woman said: ‘This has shocked our small community. Out thoughts out with all affected by this tragedy.’

Anyone with any information has been asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police online, or by calling 101 and quoting incident 0110-20112022.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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