A man has been charged with the murders of a mother and her two daughters following a blaze at their home in Nottingham.
Jamie Barrow, 31, has been charged with the murders of Fatoumatta Hydara, 28, and her daughters Fatimah Drammeh, three, and Naeemah Drammeh, one, Nottinghamshire Police said.
The sisters were pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after the fire broke out just after 3am on Sunday.
Nottinghamshire Police said their mother, aged 28, had been placed on a life support machine, but died on Tuesday morning.
Ms Hydara, 28, had been on life support after the fire in Fairisle Close, Clifton, in the early hours of Sunday.
Officers said Mr Barrow, of Fairisle Close, would be kept 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 that have been affected by this most tragic of incidents.”
He added that large teams of detectives have been “working relentlessly” alongside specialist search units and forensic experts to understand the full circumstances behind the 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,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Ms Hydara’s uncle, Dawda Dibba, told journalists on Thursday: “We lost a beautiful, very, very beautiful soul.
“Fatoumatta is such an incredible person. She wouldn’t even hurt a fly.
“She wouldn’t hurt anyone in her life. It’s really hard.”