Essex fire murder probe

A house fire that killed a mother and her five children in Harlow, Essex, last month is now being treated as a murder investigation, Essex Police have said.

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Reward offered for information after tragic house fire

Crimestoppers have offered a reward of up to £10,000 after a fatal house fire in which a man tragically lost his wife and five children.The crime-fighting charity said the reward was for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved in the "heartbreaking" incident.

This is an absolutely heartbreaking incident which has devastated and shocked the entire community. It is impossible to imagine how Dr Shakoor, who survived the fire, is coping with the loss of his family.

– Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the website.

Home where family died in house fire may have been burgled

Police believe that the house where a mother and her five children died in a fire in Harlow, Essex, may have been burgled.

Essex police are investigating if the family's home was burgled after they went to bed but before the fire was discovered.

A laptop bag believed to belong to Dr Shakoor, who was the only survivor from the fire which killed his wife Dr Sabah Usmani and their five children, has been found abandoned nearby.

Enquiries have also revealed that there were two failed attempts to burgle other properties in Harlow on the night of the fire.

Hundreds of mourners for family killed in Essex house fire

The funeral cortege was led by Dr Abdul Shakoor
The funeral cortege was led by Dr Abdul Shakoor Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The funeral cortege was led by Dr Abdul Shakoor, husband to Dr Sabah Usmani and father to Hira, 12, Sohaib, 11, Muneeb, nine, Rayyan, six, and Maheen, three, who all died in a fire in their home in Harlow, Essex.

The funeral cortege was led by Dr Abdul Shakoor
The funeral cortege was led by Dr Abdul Shakoor Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Hundreds of mourners followed the funeral cortege as it travelled to Parndon Wood Cemetery after a funeral service at the Harlow Islamic Centre.

The funeral cortege
The funeral cortege Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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Father follows funeral cortege of wife and five children

Dr Abdul Shakoor (third left) walks behind the funeral cortege
Dr Abdul Shakoor (third left) walks behind the funeral cortege Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Dr Abdul Shakoor, the husband of Sabah Usmani, also a doctor, who along with their five children died in a house blaze in Harlow, Essex, last week, walked behind the funeral cortege as it arrived at Parndon Wood Cemetery, in Harlow, for their burial after their funeral service.

Flowers were left at Barn Mead in Harlow in memory of Sabah Usmani and her five children
Flowers were left at Barn Mead in Harlow in memory of Sabah Usmani and her five children Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Emergency services arrive for Essex fire funeral

Paramedics arrive at the Harlow Islamic Centre, for the funeral
Paramedics arrive at the Harlow Islamic Centre, for the funeral Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Paramedics and fire fighters have arrived at the Harlow Islamic Centre, for the funeral of Sabah Usmani, a doctor, who along with her children - Hira, 12, Sohaib, 11, Muneeb, nine, Rayyan, six, and Maheen, three - died in a house blaze in Barn Mead, Harlow, Essex, last week.

Members of Essex County Fire & Rescue Service (ECFRS) arrive at the Harlow Islamic Centre, for the funeral
Members of Essex County Fire & Rescue Service (ECFRS) arrive at the Harlow Islamic Centre, for the funeral Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
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