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Fridge-freezer fire to blame for father's death, inquest rules

A coroner will urge the Government to overhaul consumer safety standards after a father who was able to save his two children died from a fire caused by a faulty fridge-freezer.

The man who died, Santosh Benjamin Muthiah, owned a type of appliance that had caused fires as far back as 2003.

An inquest found that the Beko fridge-freezer caught fire while the family slept.

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Which Beko fridge-freezers are at risk from fire fault?

Appliances manufacturer Beko has urged anyone with a certain range of fridge-freezers to get in contact over a fault that can cause it to catch fire.

The affected frost-free models were produced between January 2000 and October 2006 and have serial numbers beginning with either 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 or 06.

The affected Beko fridge-freezer model numbers. Credit: Beko

Beko says it has visited more than 580,000 homes and modified over 197,884 units.

The company estimates 214,851 of the affected 492,000 units are no longer in use. That leaves nearly 80,000 unaccounted for and potentially in homes across the UK.

Anyone with concerns about a Beko fridge freezer can call the company on 0800 917 2018 or see the advice on this Beko website.

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