Father tells inquest he tried to save wife and children

Flowers at the family home in Neasden where six people died.
Flowers at the family home in Neasden where six people died. Photo: PA

A father has told an inquest how he tried to save the lives of five children and his wife, when flames engulfed their Neasden home.

The children aged between two and 14 and their mother died in the blaze last September.

The father told the coroner's court about the moment he tried to rescue them.

Bassam Kua was giving evidence at the inquest into the deaths of his wife Muna, and their children.

Mr Kua told the inquest how he ran around his burning home in Neasden, trying desperately to rescue them. The fire started behind a chest freezer in the hallway.

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Muna Elmufatish, 41, daughters Hanin Kua, 14, Basma, 13, Amal, nine, and sons Mustafa, five, and Yehya, two, died in the flames.

London Fire Brigade said the family's chest freezer, which was stored in the hallway at the bottom of the stairs, was most likely to have started the early morning blaze, which became the capital's worst house fire in more than a decade.

Post-mortem examinations found that the six victims died from inhalation of fumes when the blaze raged through their semi-detached home.

The children's father, Bassam Kua, 51, and their 16-year-old sister, Nur, escaped the blaze at the property in Sonia Gardens, Neasden, but were treated in hospital.

London Fire Brigade announced it was to launch a fire safety blitz across the capital in the wake of the deaths, supported by a Facebook campaign.

The campaign was set to begin with a pilot programme in secondary schools in Brent, the borough where the fire happened.

The inquest will be held in Barnet at 9.30am at North London Coroner's Court.

Watch this London Tonight interview with Bassam Kua in October 2011: