Police in Great Yarmouth continues to investigate the circumstances of a Gambian couple, Yafaye (Mbye) Jallow and Mariama Njie, after firefighters discovered their death bodies at the scene of a house fire on Admiral Road in Yarmouth, UK where the pair had lived for several years. The late Mr Yafaye Jallow hailed from Lamin, Kombo and his late wife, Mariama Njie-a native of Talinding. Yafaye was a former employee of GPMB before he travelled to Holland in 1978. Both couple are reported to have been in their forties, friendly but “private” who kept themselves to themselves.
As we go to press, a blue forensics tent still remains around the front of the terraced home in Admiralty Road while a PCSO stood guard as deaths are currently being treated as unexplained and the house remains sealed off for detectives to carry out further enquiries. A reliable source informed Kibaaro News that a Home Office post mortem is due to take place today to determine the causes of their deaths.
Speaking to News Reporters, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Guy, from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said: “We will look to the results of the post mortem to establish the exact circumstances surrounding these deaths. However, initial enquiries lead us to believe this incident involved only the couple.”
Also speaking to reporters are neighbours who have been left shocked by the sudden deaths of the Gambian couple. Mark Anderson, who has lived in the road for 22 years, told reporters: “It’s a tragedy. They were always friendly, very pleasant, very nice and very respectable. It’s pretty shocking round here and completely out of the blue.”
Mary Cerny, 72, further added: “I know them to say hello to. Every time I saw them I gave them a wave and sometimes they gave me a lift into town.”
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, had this to say: “I heard a noise and when I came out we saw the fire engine and that was it. I am in shock. They were a private couple but friendly and we used to talk just to pass the time of day.”
Residents disclosed they had no idea the fire had started until they were alerted to the emergency after hearing sirens from the fire service. It is believed a driver spotted smoke billowing from an upstairs window and called 999, before alerting neighbours who dashed out of their homes and gathered in the road. Firefighters were called to the scene just after midday, closely followed by police as detectives carried out door to door enquiries. The road and one side of the pavement were sealed off before police set up the forensics tent.
Firefighters from Great Yarmouth and Gorleston were called to the scene, used breathing apparatus and hose reels to extinguish the flames. James Belcher, fire investigation officer, speaking from the scene highlighted: “We sent in crews to fight the fire and search and rescue, unfortunately we’re dealing with a tragic situation”.
A spokesperson for the Suffolk Ambulance service reported: “Once inside the property, the two paramedics first on scene made very quick assessments and it was clear that, unfortunately, we wouldn’t be able to do anything; we did then remain on scene to assist emergency service colleagues further.”
Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis described the incident as a “terrible loss” and praised the emergency teams for their work. “Any loss of life is always a tragic thing. I want to pay huge tribute to the fantastic work done by the fire service, who had to deal with the fire and the loss of life along with the ambulance teams and police. All three services again remind us all of the amazing work they do often in awful circumstances. My thoughts are with them and the family and friends of those who died”, he concluded