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Advice for consumers after faulty charger blamed for fatal fire

Police and fire officers investigating the cause of a house fire in Sheffield which left five members of the same family dead say the blaze was probably caused by an electrical fault involving a faulty charger.

Trading Standards suggest the following advice for consumers when buying a charger:

  • Always look out for the manufacturers or importer's brand name/logo and their address
  • A model and batch number should either be on the charger itself or on the packaging
  • Warnings and instructions for use should be provided
  • Check that there is at least 9.5mm between the edge of the pins and the edge of the charger
  • Ask for a receipt so that the purchase can be traced back if there is a problem
  • Check that the output voltage and current ratings marked on the charge and your electrical device are the same
  • Don't mix chargers - always use the right charger for each device
  • Do not leave on charge overnight

If you think you have purchased an unsafe or counterfeit charger stop using it immediately and report it to Trading Standards by contacting the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.

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Fatal Sheffield house fire 'caused by faulty charger'

A Sheffield house fire that killed three generations of the same family was most probably caused by a faulty charger, police have said.

A police officers at the scene of the fatal fire earlier this month. Credit: ITV Calendar

South Yorkshire Police said in a statement: "Following a joint investigation, South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have found that the most probable cause of the fatal house fire in Wake Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield, was an electrical fault involving a faulty charging device.

"However, the investigation continues on behalf of the coroner, and a full inquest into the deaths of the three children and two women will take place at a future date."

Read more: Three generations of family killed after Sheffield blaze

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Thousands turn out for funeral of five killed in Sheffield fire

More than 5,000 people paid their respects today at the funeral of five members of the same family who were killed in a fire in Sheffield.

Two brothers, aged nine and seven, and their nine-week-old sister were among the victims. Today, their aunt paid an emotional tribute to them, saying she'll cherish their precious memories with a heavy heart. David Hirst reports.

Hundreds line streets for funerals

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Sheffield today for the funerals of five people from the same family who died in a house fire last week.

Three generations, including two children and a baby, were killed in the blaze at Nether Edge.

Hundreds pay respects to three generations killed in fire
Hundreds pay respects to three generations killed in fire
Hundreds pay respects to three generations killed in fire
Hundreds pay respects to three generations killed in fire

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Family remember five who died in Sheffield house fire

The family of five people who died in a house fire in Sheffield have been speaking at their funeral today.

Brothers Adhyan Parwaiz Kayani, 9 and Amaan Parwaiz Kayani, 7 died with their nine-week-old sister in the blaze last week.

Their aunt and grandmother died trying to save the children.

The funeral for all five is taking place in Sheffield today with the aunt of the children one of the first to pay tribute to them:

We are devastated by the loss of our beloved family and their untimely passing has left an unimaginable void in our lives forever. We will always cherish their precious memories with heavy hearts.

– Nazia Parwaiz Kayani

Sheffield funeral cortège sets off

The funeral cortège for the five victims of the devastating fire at their home at Nether Edge in Sheffield ten days ago, has arrived at the Medina mosque a mile away.

Cortège arrives at Mosque for funeral
Cortège arrives at Mosque for funeral

Several thousand people are expected to attend the funeral at 2.30 this afternoon for the three children, aged nine, seven and nine weeks, their 20-year-old aunt and their grandmother, who went back into the house at Wake Road to try and save them.

All 5 will be buried at a ceremony at the City Road cemetery at half past three.

Funeral for family killed in fire at home

Five people were killed in the fire on Wake Road

The funeral for five members of the same family who died in a house fire in Sheffield is due to take place later.

Three generations of the Kayani family, including a nine-week-old baby and two boys, aged seven and nine, were killed when the blaze broke out in Wake Road in Nether Edge last week.

Family need and deserve answers says fire investigator

Investigators are still working to establish the cause of the fatal fire in Nether Edge, Sheffield, in which five people died earlier this week.

Cordons have been lifted
Cordons have been lifted

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and South Yorkshire Police are together investigating the tragic blaze in Wake Road which broke out on April 28.

Investigators say they do not know how long it will take to get answers. The outer cordon at the scene has been reduced, but an inner cordon remains in place while the investigative process continues.

Sheffield District Commander David Hartley said: "We owe it to the family of those who died in this tragic blaze to investigate the cause of this fire as thoroughly as we can, in order to give them the answers that they need and deserve.

"This is, understandably, a thorough and complex process which needs to be carried out in scrupulous detail and cannot be rushed."

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