NYC dad in mourning prays his kids survive fire that killed his wife

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A grief-stricken Harlem dad is praying his younger daughter and new child son survive accidents they sustained in the fast-moving fire which killed their mom.

Adianatou-Nene Kourouma, 37, was considered one of two folks killed in their fourth-floor residences at 1833 Seventh Ave. Friday night time when a fire broke out on in a unit on the ground under, and rapidly unfold when the door of the unit was jammed open.

Delivery driver Papa Kante, 38, visited his 4-year-old daughter Aissata at Jacobi Hospital on Saturday, intending to inform her that her mother didn’t make it out of the constructing alive.

“I haven’t had a chance yet to tell my daughter what happened to her mother,” Kante advised The Post. “My daughter is still on a ventilator and cannot speak.”

“My wife was a very good person and loving mother,” he mentioned. “She was the most honest person I have ever met in my life and now she is gone.”

Four-year-old Aissata is currently on a ventilator at Jacobi Hospital.
Aissata, 4, is at present on a ventilator at Jacobi Hospital.
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Adianatou-Nene Kourouma.
Adianatou-Nene Kourouma was considered one of two folks killed in the fire.

Aissata Kante suffered cardiac arrest whereas trapped in her household’s condominium through the fire, however was revived by EMS staff on the scene.

Kante’s 3-week-old toddler, Soulymane, additionally being handled at Jacobi Hospital and is reportedly in higher situation than his older sister.

Kante and Kourouma met at school in west-African nation Mali earlier than shifting to the US in 2004. The shell-shocked widower supposed to see his wife’s stays after visiting his youngsters in hospital, he mentioned.

First responders tend to the deadly fire on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard that critically injured at least three people.
First responders are likely to the lethal fire on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard that critically injured at the least three folks.
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Firefighter sits on curb at scene of fire in Harlem.
While the reason for the fire continues to be being investigated, arson has been dominated out.
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First responders at the scene of the deadly fire in Harlem Friday night.
First responders on the scene of the lethal fire in Harlem.
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“My wife and I came to the US for better opportunity and because it’s a good country,” he mentioned.

The residences impacted by fire have been deemed uninhabitable, and “imminently perilous to life” by the FDNY, whereas cleaners have begun the two-week job of eradicating smoke harm.

Kante’s brother-in-law, Mamadou Traore, 57, has taken him in whereas his condominium stays boarded up.

Sign shows "VACATE" at entrance where fire took place.
The condominium have been deemed uninhabitable following the lethal fire.
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Papa Kante returns to his apartment where he lost his wife.
Papa Kante returns to his condominium the place he misplaced his wife.
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Scene of the deadly Harlem apartment fire shows boarded doors where the fire started.
Scene of the lethal Harlem condominium fire exhibits boarded doorways the place the fire began.
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“Papa has been crying all morning,” Traore mentioned. “It was terrifying what happened to his wife but we just thank God the two children survived.”

Firefighters from Division 3, together with those that fought the fire, revisited the constructing on Saturday to retrace their steps and analyze their response. Fire Marshals have but to rule on the reason for the blaze, though arson has been dominated out.

A neighbor of 81-year-old Vietnam War veteran and retired music professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Charles Brown, who was additionally killed in the fire, remembered him as a pleasant man who was wanting ahead to having fun with his retirement.

“He was a gentleman. He was kind, gentle and generous,” neighbor LeRoy Whethers, 70, mentioned. “He had a cane and walked slowly. Two days before the fire he told me he had plans to take a long vacation, do some painting and enjoy life. Mr. Brown loved life.”

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