A mother who lost her three children in a tragic house fire has died.
Samantha Hudson, 29, passed away at Hull Royal Infirmary on Sunday (Feb 3) at around 8.15pm after suffering from pneumonia.
Samantha – originally from Fitzwilliam, near Pontefract –was left with brain damage after the blaze tore through her home in Clarence Avenue, in November 2010. The fire took the lives of her three children.
She was treated at a rehabilitation centre in Goole, before moving to a care home in Holme-upon-Spalding Moor.
Her mum Sharon, 51, said: “We could never be sure what she understood and what she didn’t, because she couldn’t speak. There was a time when we thought that maybe she understood what had happened to her and the children, but we just don’t know.
“She had seemed better recently, she seemed to know when we were visiting.
“But then last week she fell poorly with a chest infection and that became pneumonia.
“We got a call to get to the hospital on Sunday night, and we got there before she passed away.” Samantha leaves her mum, dad Robert, 53, three brothers, Gary, Peter and Mark, and a sister, Hayley.
An investigation concluded that the fire was most likely caused by a discarded cigarette and a coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.
William Beal, nine, Antony John ‘AJ’ Fothergill, five, and three-year-old Maddie died of smoke inhalation from the fire, which began at their home, while their mother was left with brain damage as a result of being starved of oxygen.
The family moved to Bridlington from Fitzwilliam, where Ms Hudson had grown up, around a year before the blaze. Samantha’s funeral will be held at Emmanuel Church on Tuesday at 1pm.