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Two arrested over deaths of former Hampshire doctor's family in house blaze
TWO men have been arrested in connection with a blaze that killed six members of a former Hampshire doctor’s family.
Dr Abdul Shakoor, who worked at Winchester's Royal Hampshire County Hospital a year before the fire last October, was the only survivor of the blaze at the family's home in Barn Mead, Harlow.
Police launched a murder investigation after his wife, Sabah Usmani, and their children, Muneeb, nine, Rayyan, six, Hira, 12, Sohaib, 11, and Maheen, three, all died.
Today Essex Police said a 19-year-old man from Harlow and a 19-year-old man from Portsmouth, had been arrested and questioned in connection to the fire and a burglary which happened shortly before. They have been released on bail.
Another 19-year-old man, also from Harlow, remains on bail after being arrested on an earlier date.
Dr Shakoor, 45, has spoken publically about how he jumped from the first floor of the house after being woken by a bang but when he realised his family had not followed him, he rushed back inside, calling their names.
But when they didn’t respond he was forced to flee before he too succumbed to the smoke.
He said: “I would say I reached the room, I was able to reach the room but no one was responding.
“I thought I would be dead, I don’t know how I got out.
“What was the point in saving or taking care of my own life?”
As he waited outside for help to arrive he said “every second seemed like a hundred thousand hours”.
His wife Sabah Usmani, 44, sons Muneeb, nine, and Rayyan, six, and daughter Hira, 12, died in the fire.
A third son, Sohaib, 11, and daughter Maheen, three, died later in hospital. Three of the children attended Stanmore Primary School in Winchester.
Teachers and parents spoke of their shock and paid tribute to the Shakoors as a “lovely family”.
Police are treating the deaths as murder after discovering that the house had been burgled before the fire started.
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