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.
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.
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."