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Sheffield deaths reminder of fire's 'devastating effects'

The house fire that claimed the lives of five people, including three children, in Sheffield is "a tragic reminder of the devastating effects of fire", a spokesperson for the fire service has said.

Phil Shillito, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue area manager, said 25 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze.

He also confirmed that a smoke detector was present in the property.


Mother 'beyond consoling' after children die in fire

Three generations of one family died in the blaze. Credit: Sky High Camera/PA Wire

The mother of three children who died in a house fire in Sheffield was "beyond consoling" and in a state of shock after she surviving the blaze, a relative has said.

Aerial images show the damage at the Sheffield property where five people, including three children, died. Credit: Sky High Camera/PA Wire

Ishfaq Hussain Kayani, the cousin of the 54-year-old grandmother who died in the blaze, said Razia Nazim Kayani "managed to escape".

The fire broke out shortly after midnight. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"The grandmother of the children, she made attempts to rescue the children but obviously it wasn't to be," he added.

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Family who died in house fire named locally

The family who died in a house fire in the early hours of this morning (Monday April, 2014) in Sheffield have been named locally.

They were grandmother, Shabbina Begum who was 54, her 20-year-old daughter Anum Parwaiz Kayani, nine-year-old Adhyan Parwaiz Kayani and 7-year-old Amaan Parwaiz Kayani. The nine week old baby who also died has not been named.

An investigation into what caused the fire at Wake Road in the Sharrow area of the city continues.


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Relatives arrive at scene of fatal house fire

Ishfaq Hussain Kayani (right) and other family members arrive at scene of fatal house fire Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Relatives of the five people who died when fire broke out at a house in Sheffield have been arriving at the scene. A grandmother, aunt and three children died in the fire on Wake Road in Sharrow.

Cousin Ishfaq Kayani, said the children's grandmother went back into the house in an attempt to save them.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the fire began shortly after midnight on Wake Road. Four fire engines were called to the scene and an aerial ladder was used to fight the fire. Police and ambulance services also went to the house after receiving emergency calls. The road remains closed.

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'Worst thing I have ever seen in my life', says neighbour

Two neighbours who live near the scene of a house fire in Sharrow, Sheffield which claimed the lives of five people have been talking to ITV reporter Adam Fowler about what they saw.

One said the scene was "horrible" and "probably the worst thing I've ever seen in my life".

Two women aged 54 and 20 and three children including a nine week old baby died in the fire.

9-week-old baby among five killed in house fire

A nine-week-old baby was one of five people killed in a house fire in Sheffield, along with two women and two other children.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the fire began shortly after midnight. Credit: PA

A cousin of one of the women said the other two children were aged nine and seven.

He said the two women who died were his 54-year-old cousin and her 20-year-old daughter - the children's aunt.

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