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Man died in a fire in Wealdstone 'caused by faulty fridge'

A man died trying to save his children from a fire in their home in north London caused by a faulty fridge that had a history of problems, an inquest has heard.

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Man died in fire 'caused by faulty Beko fridge freezer'

A man died trying to save his children from a fire caused by a faulty Beko fridge freezer that had a history of problems, an inquest has heard.

Santosh Benjamin Muthiah, 36, helped his wife pass their baby daughter into the arms of a neighbour, but perished as smoke filled their house in Wealdstone, north London.

Investigators discovered the fire was caused by a fault with the unit's defrost timer mechanism, the inquest heard.

Barnet Coroner's Court heard that the fire was caused by a faulty Beko fridge freezer, which the company knew had defects. Credit: PA

The court heard that Beko, one of Europe's largest white goods brands, had been aware of a problem with components as far back as 2003 but failed to rectify it.

London Fire Brigade had also written to the company after a number of fires on similar models. But the product was only recalled after the death of the 36-year-old father-of-two, the court was told.

The inquest heard that the couple had discovered a problem with their fridge just days before the fire, but Mr Muthiah's wife did not have time to call Beko because she was so busy with their baby.

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