A DEVASTATED husband has paid tribute to his wife and two daughters killed in a “deliberate” fire at their home.
Fatoumatta Hydara, 28, Naeemah, one, and Fatimah Drammeh, three, died in the blaze at the first-floor flat in Nottingham on Sunday.
Police have launched a murder probe and continue to quiz a 31-year-old man arrested in connection with the horror.
Aboubacarr Drammeh, 40, has now paid tribute to wife and their two daughters.
He 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. It is therefore inconceivable to think who might have committed this cruel crime against my family.
“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.”
The dad had raced back from America after the fire tore through the family home.
His children were rushed to hospital but sadly couldn’t be saved and were declared dead shortly after.
Fatoumatta was placed on a life support machine but died on Tuesday morning.
Nottinghamshire Police said a joint investigation with the fire service found the fire was started deliberately.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Sinski, who is leading the investigation, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has come forward with information so far to aid our ongoing investigation.
“This is very much an active investigation though, so I’d ask anyone who has any footage from the surrounding area they haven’t sent to us yet or has any information that could assist our inquiries, to please get in touch.
“No words can describe the pain the family of the victims are all feeling right now and we are doing everything possible to get them the justice they deserve.
“Every piece of evidence we can gather will get us closer to achieving that goal – so please get in touch with us if you know anything or were in or around Fairisle Close between 12am and 4.30am on Sunday morning.”