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Nursery’s touching tribute to ‘kind and joyful’ girl who died in Clifton house fire

A Clifton school has paid tribute to a mum and two children killed in a house fire. Fatoumatta Hydara, 28, was pronounced dead two days after her young daughters, one-year-old Naeemah Drammeh and Fatimah Drammeh, aged three, died as a result of a fire in Fairisle Close, Clifton, at 3.17am on Sunday, November 20.

Fatimah attended the nursery at Milford Academy, with the school saying she was someone who “loved a cuddle” and had a “contagious laugh.” Rob Perkins, headteacher at Miford Academy, 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 those affected by this awful event.

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

“Fatimah was at her happiest with a paint brush and glue stick in her hands, creating her next masterpiece. Her contagious laugh could be heard by all as she scooted around the garden in her three-seated bike – she loved the outdoors.

“Our nursey won’t be the same without her and she is dearly missed by all of us.”

A 31-year-old man from Clifton who was arrested on Sunday night, November 20, remains in custody. Police were given additional time to interview him.