Tests at the scene of a house fire which killed a woman and four of her children in Essex suggest that the blaze may have started accidentally. Police investigating the blaze on Monday say they are not ruling any possibility out and are continuing to investigate whether it was an arson attack.
However, early results suggest the fire started in the lounge at the rear of the house and no accelerant, such as petrol, was used. Doctor Sabah Usmani, her sons Sohaib, 11, and Rayyan, 6, and 12-year-old daughter Hira died in their terrace house in Barn Mead, Harlow, in the early hours of Monday.
A third son, Muneeb, nine, and second daughter Maheen, three, were rescued by fire crews and taken to hospital in a critical condition but Muneeb later died. Ms Usmani's husband, Abdul Shakoor, also a doctor, suffered minor injuries as he fought to rescue his family from the blaze.
Three-year-old Maheen Shakoor has died as a result of the house fire, which claimed the lives of her mother and four siblings.
Police have revealed a father 'fought hard' in a bid to save his family from a fire, which claimed the lives of his wife and four children.