Neasden, London: 5 Children Among Family Of 6 Killed In House Fire

24 Sep

NEWS UPDATE:

The victims of a house fire that claimed the lives of five children and their mother have been named by police.

Six members of the Kua family lost their lives in the blaze at the semi-detached house in Neasden, north west London, in the early hours of Saturday.

Their names were given by police as 41-year-old Muna Elmufatish, teenage daughters Hanin and Basma, aged 14 and 13, nine-year-old daughter Amal, and sons Mustafa and Yehya, aged five and two.

Two other people – said to be 51-year-old father Bassam Kua and his unnamed 16-year-old daughter – managed to escape the two-storey, semi-detached house.

They both suffered burns to their bodies and were taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where the teen is said to be in a critical condition, while the man is stable.

Neighbours told Sky News how they woke to the sound of a series of explosions before the fire, which is not being treated as suspicious by police, gutted the property.

“First there was an explosion three or four times and then after this we came out and saw the fire,” Gito Parma said at the scene.

Resident Joe Lyons said he was shocked almost a whole family – believed to be of Palestinian descent – were wiped out in the “terrible fire”.

“The fire started just before 1am – the flames were belting out the front two windows,” he told Sky.

“We saw fire engines, ambulances and police. I was very surprised this morning to see on the news that six people had died.”

Mr Lyons said he found debris from the blaze, including broken tiles, in his backyard.

Around 30 firefighters battled the fire for several hours in Sonia Gardens after being called shortly before 1am.

Station manager Glen Gorman said: “Firefighters were faced with very intense heat and smoke – it was a very difficult situation to deal with.

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Five children and a woman – all believed to be part of the same family – have died after a fire engulfed their home in north west London.

The youngest victims were two boys, aged just two and five.

Three girls, aged 14, 13, and nine, and a 41-year-old woman were also killed in the blaze in Neasden.

Two other people – a 51-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl – managed to escape the two-storey semi-detached house.

They both suffered burns to their bodies and were taken to west London hospitals, where the teenage girl is said to be in a critical condition, while the man is stable.

Neighbours told Sky News how they woke to the sound of a series of explosions.

Around 30 firefighters have been battling the blaze in Sonia Gardens after being called shortly before 1am.

Station manager Glen Gorman said: “There’s no doubt this is an absolute tragedy.

“My thoughts, and those of my colleagues at the London Fire Brigade, are with friends, family and loved ones of those affected at this extremely sad and difficult time.”

A spokesman for the LFB said the fire was brought under control by 2.50am.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but Mr Gorman added: “We are now working with the police to ensure a full and thorough investigation is carried out.”

 

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Six people, including three children, two teenagers and an adult have died following a house fire in Neasden in north-west London.

 Firefighters were called to the scene at around 1am

Firefighters were called to the scene at around 1am

Six people, including three children, two teenagers and an adult have died following a house fire in Neasden, north-west London.

Emergency workers were called to the semi-detached property in Sonia Gardens during the early hours of this morning after a blaze took hold of the ground and first floors.

Two other people, believed to be a 55-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, were taken to hospital with burn injuries.

A 41-year-old woman, three girls aged 14, 13 and nine and two boys aged five and two died in the blaze.

It is believed all the victims are members of the same family.

Around 30 firefighters from Willesden, West Hampstead, North Kensington and Park Royal fire stations were called to the fire at around 1am.

Keywords:  london, neasden, fire

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