Father who lost family in Woodycrest Ave. fire hopes to return to U.S.

One of the Bronx fathers who lost his family in the Woodycrest Avenue fire is hoping he will be able to return to the United States after burying his family in Mali.Mamadou Soumare, who has been living in the Bronx illegally, lost his wife and four children in the blaze. Now, he is seeking the paperwork necessary to be able to return after burying them in Africa. Soumare is working with Congressman Jose Serrano's (D-16th District) office to clear his way with immigration on humanitarian grounds. Fire officials said the blaze on Woodycrest Ave. was sparked by an overloaded space heater and quickly spread through the home.

Related information:Click here to see video from scene of funeral services Magassa and Soumare Family Fund Relatives of victims in fatal Highbridge fire meet with Governor Spitzer Highbridge fire claims 10th victim after 7-year-old dies in hospital Bronx community mourns nine victims of Woodycrest Ave. fire City sounds safety alarm after eight children, one adult killed in BX blaze Bronx hospitals treating survivors of deadly Woodycrest Ave. blaze

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."