Mother dies following Stoke-on-Trent flat fire
A mother has died following a fire in a block of flats that left her two daughters in a critical condition.
Zainab Adam, 36, from Ringlands Close, Stoke-on-Trent, died on Monday night, a day after a ground-floor flat fire .
Det Ch Insp David Giles said her two daughters, Tafaoul Fadoul, six, and six-month-old Tamunni Fadoul were "extremely poorly" in hospital.
They were affected by smoke inhalation after a fire "started accidentally" in the flat below, the fire service said.
Investigators said the fire involved a wall-mounted electric storage heater which was close to clothing but the exact circumstances, including how flames spread to other flats, were still being looked into.
The fire damaged six flats at the Stoke-on-Trent City Council-owned block.
Det Ch Insp Giles, who is leading the police investigation, said: "It is with the deepest sadness that I deliver the news of Zainab's tragic death, our sincere condolences are extended to her family and friends."
He said "our thoughts and hopes" were with Zainab's two children, and family liaison officers were supporting the family.
"I must reaffirm that the cause of the fire was not a deliberate act," he said.
The investigation is being supported by the Health and Safety Executive and fire service.
Councillor Jean Bower is helping to organise donations of food and clothing collected for people who have had to move out of their homes.
"I'm just heartbroken that somebody has lost their life in this tragedy," she said.
The council's city director David Sidaway said it would "do everything we can to support the family" and the authority was working with emergency services to ensure the buildings were safe.