Police treating Harlow house fire deaths as murder

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Funeral for family killed in fire

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Dr Sabah Usmani and her five children were killed in the fire

The funerals of a mother and her five children who died after a house fire in Harlow will be held tomorrow (Wednesday 24 October).

Dr Sabah Usmani and three of her children were killed in the blaze last week. Two of her other children - nine-year-old Muneeb and Maheen, who was three - died later in hospital. Their father, Dr Abdul Shakoor, was the only survivor.

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Flowers are still being laid outside the house where the family died Credit: ITV Anglia

Funeral of fire tragedy family to take place this week

Dr Sabah Usmani and her children who died in a fire
Dr Sabah Usmani and her children who died in a fire Credit: Essex Police

The funerals of a mother and her five children who died after a house fire in Essex, will be held on Wednesday at the Harlow Islamic Centre.

Dr Sabah Usmani and three of her children died in the blaze in Harlow, last week.

Two of her other children - nine year old Muneeb and Maheen, who was three - died later in hospital. Their father - Dr Abdul Shakoor was the only survivor.

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Appeal launched to raise cash for fire tragedy dad

An appeal has been launched to raise funds to support a man who lost his wife and five children in a house fire in Essex.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust launched the fund in a bid to help Dr Abdul Shakoor.

Dr Shakoor, who works at the hospital, lost his wife Sabah Usmani and children Hira, 12, Sohaib, 11, Muneeb, nine, Rayyan, six, and Maheen, three, in the blaze at their home in Harlow on Monday.

  • Cash donations will be accepted at the hospital's general office and cheques made payable to PAH NHS Trust with the reference Dr Shakoor 9H50 will also be accepted.

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Special Friday Prayers for fire tragedy family

A service in memory of the six family members killed in a house fire in Essex has been held at the Islamic Centre in Harlow this lunchtime.

Dr Sabah Usmani and four of her children died following the fire in Barn Mead on Monday.

A fifth child died yesterday at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. The childrens' father - who fought to save his family's lives - survived and is still in hospital. Police say they've yet to find any evidence that the fire was started deliberately.

Special Friday prayers in tribute to fire tragedy family

Floral tributes to the family
Floral tributes to the family Credit: Serena Sandhu, ITV Anglia

Special Friday prayers are being held at the Harlow Islamic Centre in memory of the family who died in a blaze in Harlow.

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

The father Dr Abdul Shakoor survived.

A third son, Muneeb, nine, and a second daughter Maheen, three, were rescued by fire crews but later died.

The town's Islamic Centre is staging a special session of Friday prayer's open to the entire community.

Those attending include local MP Robert Halfon and firefighters who tried to save the family.

Hospital extends sympathy to fire tragedy doctor

The hospital where the father of five children who died in a fire in Harlow worked, has said its thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Dr Abdul Shakoor worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. A statement from the medical centre said colleagues had been overwhelmed by what had happened to him.

The full statement reads:

On behalf of all our staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital we extend our deepest sympathy to Dr Shakoor. None of us can come close to understanding his suffering and the terrible loss of Maheen, Rayyan, Muneeb, Sohaib, Hira and his wife Sabah. All of us have been saddened by this tragedy. As a close knit hospital community many of us know Dr Shakoor and have been overwhelmed by what has happened.

Our Book of Condolence which is available for staff to sign in our hospital, is being filled with the most heartfelt and genuine messages which are truly humbling. Our thoughts and our prayers are with our dear friend and colleague.

– Princess Alexandra Hospital
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