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Harlow house fire appeal on BBC's Crimewatch

Dr Abdul Shakoor's wife and five children were killed in the house fire

Police investigating a house fire in Harlow which killed six members of the same family have made a fresh appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme. It featured an interview with Dr Abdul Shakoor, who lost his wife and five children in the blaze last year.

The appeal also featured previously unseen footage from the night of the fire, which was recorded by the emergency services.

Harlow house fire appeal on Crimewatch

Dr Abdul Shakoor's wife and five children

An emotional appeal from a man who lost his whole family in a house fire in Essex will be shown on the BBC's Crimewatch programme this evening. Dr Abdul Shakoor's wife and five children died after the blaze in Barn Mead in Harlow in October 2012. Their deaths are being treated as murder.

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Father of children fought hard to save them

The father of four children killed in a house fire in Harlow this morning fought "hard to save his family in appalling conditions" according to a spokesperson from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Team.

The father has been named as Abdul Shakour, a doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. He is currently in the same hospital suffering from shock and being treated for smoke inhalation.

He is said to be "utterly distraught" by what has happened and is desperate to support the investigation.

His condition in hospital is currently described as "stable".

Dr Shakour's wife Sabah Usmani, 44, who is also a doctor, sons Sohaib, 11, and Rayan, six, as well as 12-year-old daughter Hira, died in their end-of-terrace house in Barn Mead, Harlow, Essex, early this morning.

A third son, Muneeb, nine, and daughter Maheen, four, were rescued by fire crews and taken to hospital in critical condition. Muneeb later died at the Princess Alexandra Hospital while Maheen has been transferred to Broomfield Hospital which has a specialist burns unit.

Essex Police have said they are launching a major crime investigation to determine the facts of the case and are also liaising with local community leaders.

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