A father whose ex-wife and 6-year-old son died in Sunday’s horrific Bronx high-rise fireplace described the agonizing dialog when he needed to inform his surviving daughter they didn’t make it out alive.
Mamadi Jambang, 53, who didn’t stay along with his kids and ex, advised The Post that via witness accounts he decided the trio had been on the highest flooring of the 19-story constructing when the blaze broke out.
His son, Omar Jambang, and the boy’s mom, 43-year-old Fatoumata Tunkara, had been amongst two of 17 victims who died of smoke inhalation within the inferno that began in a third-floor duplex.
“I guess Fatoumata carried Omar down the stairs when the smoke was going up,” the daddy mentioned. “They were coming down the stairs.”
Mamadi’s 9-year-old daughter, Mariam Jambang, was together with her mother and brother that day and survived.
Fatoumata Tunkara carried Omar down the steps of the 19-story constructing, Mamadi Jambang decided. Tunkara was 43 years outdated.Facebook
At first, uncertain of how you can break the devastating information – Mamadi advised his daughter the 2 had been nonetheless within the hospital. But he ultimately broke the heartbreaking fact.
“I had to explain to Mariam what happened,” the daddy mentioned. “I had to sit her down, close to me, because she’s been asking all the time for her mommy.”
“Originally I told her mommy was at the hospital with Omar and that they’d be OK. But in the end I had to tell her ‘mommy and Omar did not make it, they passed away, you’re not going to see them anymore, but I’m here for you, don’t worry, we’ll be OK,’” Mamadi recounted.
Mamadi mentioned he and his ex-wife had joint custody of the children and now his daughter will likely be residing with him full time.
Omar Jambang is remembered as a “very smart” and “very active” 6-year-old-boy.Robert Miller
The boy and his sister had been inseparable and “always playing together,” Mamadi mentioned.
The father remembered his son as a “very smart” and “very active” boy who did nicely in class at Success Academy in Washington Heights.
“I really loved him. It is very unfortunate,” he mentioned.
A normal view reveals the residence constructing the place a lethal fireplace occurred within the Bronx borough on Jan. 9, 2022.REUTERS