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Inquest into fire deaths opens

An inquest into the deaths of the family who died in a house fire in Harlow on Monday was opened and adjourned in Chelmsford this afternoon.

Sabah Usmani, her sons Sohaib, 11, and Rayan, six, and 12-year-old daughter Hira died at the scene in the early hours of Monday.

A third son, Muneeb, nine, and a second daughter Maheen were rescued by fire crews and taken to hospital in a critical condition but Muneeb later died.

Post-mortem examinations carried out by pathologists Dr Nat Cary and Dr Ben Swift showed that each member of the family died of burns and inhalation of fumes.

Deputy Coroner Eleanor McGann said:

"I would like to extend my sympathies to all of the people who know those who died in this terrible fire and to Dr Shakoor and other family members."

– Deputy Coroner Eleanor McGann

It is thought that the bodies could be released for funerals by the end of today.

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