Fifth child dies following fire

Daily Echo: Sabah Usmani, centre, with her children (left to right) Hira, 12, Sohaib, 11, Rayyan, 6, Muneeb, 9, and Muneeb, 3 Sabah Usmani, centre, with her children (left to right) Hira, 12, Sohaib, 11, Rayyan, 6, Muneeb, 9, and Muneeb, 3

A three-year-old girl who was fighting for life after a house fire in Harlow, Essex, which claimed the lives of her mother and four siblings, has died, a spokesman for Princess Alexandra Hospital said.

Sabah Usmani, her sons Sohaib, 11, and Rayyan, six, and 12-year-old daughter Hira died in their end-of-terrace house in Barn Mead, Harlow, Essex, 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.

The death of the Maheen now means that the sole survivor is the family's father Abdul Shakoor, who used to work as a doctor in Winchester, as did his late wife, Sabah.

Earlier today, fire investigators said they could find no trace of accelerant, casting doubt on theory that the fire was an arson attack and may hve instead been a tragic accident.

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10:53pm Thu 18 Oct 12

southy says...

Sad RIP
Sad RIP southy

11:47pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Hdg end mo says...

I say this with great sadness but I hope that this was a tragic accident very sad cannot bear to even imagine what mr shakoor must be going through knowing his family has been taken away from him. Rip little ones and mrs shakoor
I say this with great sadness but I hope that this was a tragic accident very sad cannot bear to even imagine what mr shakoor must be going through knowing his family has been taken away from him. Rip little ones and mrs shakoor Hdg end mo

11:57pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Ted Rogers says...

Very sad. Heart goes out to the Father. How would one carry on after such an awful tragedy?
Very sad. Heart goes out to the Father. How would one carry on after such an awful tragedy? Ted Rogers

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