Nottingham flat fire: Neighbour due to appear in court charged with triple murder

Neighbour, 31, is set to appear in court charged with murder of mother, 28, and her children aged one and three who died in house fire

  • Jamie Burrow, 31, set to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court this morning
  • Accused of an arson attack that killed mother, 28, and her two children, 1 and 3
  • The family died from smoke inhalation following a blaze at their home on Sunday

A 31-year-old man accused of deliberately starting a house fire which killed a mother and her two children is due to appear in court today.

Jamie Barrow, of Fairisle Close, Clifton, is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court. 

He is charged with the murders of Fatoumatta Hydara, 28, and her two young children, Naeemah Drammeh, one, and Fatimah Drammeh, aged three.

The family died from smoke inhalation following a blaze at their home in Fairisle Close, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Fatoumatta Hydara was killed in the fire along with her two young children Naeemah Drammeh, aged one, and Fatimah Drammeh, aged three

Fatoumatta Hydara was killed in the fire along with her two young children Naeemah Drammeh, aged one, and Fatimah Drammeh, aged three

The two young girls tragically lost their lives in the suspected arson attack in Nottingham

The two young girls tragically lost their lives in the suspected arson attack in Nottingham

The two young girls tragically lost their lives in the suspected arson attack in Nottingham

Flowers and other tributes have been placed outside the flat in Clifton, Nottingham

Flowers and other tributes have been placed outside the flat in Clifton, Nottingham

Naeemah and Fatimah were rushed to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre following the blaze, but nothing could be done to save them.

Fatoumatta died in hospital two days later. 

Nottinghamshire Police said officers charged Barrow with three counts of murder on Thursday, four days after he was arrested.

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 that have been affected by this most tragic of incidents.

‘The grief this family has been put through is incomprehensible.

‘Large teams of detectives have been working relentlessly alongside specialist search units and forensic experts to understand the full circumstances behind this deliberate fire.

‘Following those inquiries, we have charged a suspect with three counts of murder. 

‘The family are aware of this development and I would like to sincerely thank them for their patience and understanding as we do everything we possibly can to gain justice for Fatoumatta, Fatimah and Naeemah.’

Husband Aboubacarr Drammeh, 40, has mourned the tragic loss of his family in the fire

Husband Aboubacarr Drammeh, 40, has mourned the tragic loss of his family in the fire

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Fatoumatta’s husband, Aboubacarr Drammeh, 40, paid tribute to his loved ones and described their deaths as inconceivable.

Mr Drammeh, who flew back from the US after the fire, said: ‘It is with great sadness that we have lost Fatoumatta and our two daughters in such a tragic way.

‘Fatoumatta had lived a short but a very beautiful and fulfilling life.

‘A former voluntary worker, Fatoumatta was a very happy, bubbly woman who wouldn’t have the heart to hurt a fly.

‘We thank the Ahmadi Muslim community in Nottinghamshire, the Gambian community, the local neighbours and all those well-wishers for their continuous support in this difficult time.

‘I and my in-laws are left without any daughters, grandchildren and nieces. I will deeply miss my family.’

Flowers left at the scene of the fatal fire in Clifton, near Nottingham, on Monday following the incident the previous day

Flowers left at the scene of the fatal fire in Clifton, Nottingham, after the blaze on Sunday

Heartwrenching footage was released by police yesterday shows the two girls happily playing and giggling together before the blaze. 

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘You can’t imagine what that poor dad is going through – to lose you wife and children like that in one go.

‘He was here yesterday but in a state of shock. He’s utterly devastated, of course you would be. You can’t even put yourself in that position. It is just heartbreaking.

‘I didn’t really know them but they seemed a lovely, happy little family.’

Fatoumatta Hydara was killed in the fire along with her two young children Naeemah Drammeh, aged one, and Fatimah Drammeh, aged three

Fatoumatta Hydara was killed in the fire along with her two young children Naeemah Drammeh, aged one, and Fatimah Drammeh, aged three

The first-floor fire killed the mother and her two young children, aged one and three, and is believed to have been started deliberately

The first-floor fire killed the mother and her two young children, aged one and three, and is believed to have been started deliberately

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Forensic experts were sifting through the wreckage of the council home in Fairisle Close on Sunday morning

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Sinski said: ‘The local community has been shocked and deeply saddened by the events of the past two days.’

Rob Perkins, headteacher at The Milford Academy in Clifton where Fatimah attended the nursery, paid a touching tribute to her.

He said: ‘Our whole school community was incredibly shocked and saddened to hear about the tragic events that took place in the early hours of Sunday morning.

‘We are just beginning the painful process of coming to terms with what has happened and the heartbreaking realisation that two young children and a mother have lost their lives.

‘We now know that one of these children was a pupil here at Milford and our thoughts are with the family and all of those affected by this awful event.

‘Fatimah was a kind, joyful and determined member of our nursery. Her sunny personality ensured she made friends wherever she went, and she loved a cuddle.

‘Fatimah was at her happiest with a paintbrush and glue stick in her hands, creating her next masterpiece.

‘Her contagious laugh could be heard by all as she scooted around the garden on the three-seated bike – she loved the outdoors.

‘Our nursery won’t be the same without her and she will be dearly missed by all of us.’

Friends laid flowers at the scene yesterday where the fatal fire took place in the early hours of Sunday morning

Friends laid flowers at the scene yesterday where the fatal fire took place in the early hours of Sunday morning

Police have reassured neighbours that high-visibility patrols would continue in the area in the coming days and appealed to witnesses for information

Police have reassured neighbours that high-visibility patrols would continue in the area in the coming days and appealed to witnesses for information

Friends laid flowers at the scene where the fatal fire took place on Sunday.

One family friend, a tearful woman laying flowers at their home, wept: ‘It is heartbreaking. They are such a lovely family.’

She added: ‘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.’

Forensic experts with sniffer dogs were sifting through the wreckage of the council home on Sunday morning.

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

Neighbours in the adjoining flats were evacuated as the crime scene remained cordoned off.

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