Father's plea after house fire

A year after his family was killed in a house fire in Essex, Dr Abdul Shakoor has issued a fresh appeal for information.

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Father's plea after Harlow house fire

A father who lost his entire family in a house fire in Essex nearly a year ago, spoke today of how the impact of that night will live with him forever. Dr Abdul Shakoor was the sole survivor of the blaze, which ripped through the family's terraced house in Harlow.

Today, he described how the tragedy turned him from a happy father-of-five to someone who has to go home, alone - every night. Sharon Thomas reports.

Father 'can't forget those smiles'

A father of five who lost his wife and children in a fatal fire has spoken of his loss one year on. Dr Abdul Shakoor was asleep at home when fire ripped through the property. He escaped from a window to call for help before going back to rescue his family, but all died.

He's now appealing for witnesses to come forward as he tries to piece together what happened.

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Police: Answers lie 'in the community'

Detectives investigating a house fire in which a mother and her five children died in Essex say a year on they're still searching for answers over what caused the blaze and who is responsible.

On ITV's Daybreak programme, Detective Constable Nick Newbury said he is convinced the answers lie in the close community:

Father has 'sweet memories' of his family

A man who lost six members of his family in a house fire in Harlow, Essex, has broken down while speaking of "sweet memories" of his youngest daughter.

Dr Abdul Shakoor was the only survivor of the blaze in October last year. His wife, Dr Sabah Usmani, and their children, Hira, 12, Sohaib, 11, Muneeb, nine, Rayyan, six, and three-year-old Maheen, were all killed in the fire.

Appearing on ITV's Daybreak programme to appeal for witnesses to help him understand what happened, Dr Shakoor wept as he said his youngest daughter would have turned five this month.

"I have really sweet memories of her, you know? She likes to sit, read the books and especially watching her best programme, Fireman Sam."So there are very good, sweet memories in our heart and they are everlasting there, but we are missing a lot."

– Dr Abdul Shakoor
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Father's appeal a year on from 'catastrophic' house fire

A year on from a house fire that killed six members of the same family, the surviving father has issued a fresh appeal for information.

The blaze tore through the family home in Harlow, Essex in the early hours of 15th October 2012, and although the deaths are being treated as murders, the cause of the fire remains a mystery.

Dr Abdul Shakoor spoke to Daybreak about his fond memories of his youngest daughter and his gratitude to the local community:

Anyone with information can email Essex Police at scdappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 01277 266869.

Father's appeal after fatal fire

A father whose entire family was killed in a house fire in Essex has made a desperate plea for fresh information exactly one year on.

The blaze tore through the family home in Harlow, Essex in the early hours of 15th October 2012, and although the deaths are being treated as murders, the cause of the fire remains a mystery.

Floral tributes left to the victims of the Harlow house fire Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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