Safia Anwar, friend of the family
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Harlow fire deaths: Family friends in shock

A mother and four children have been killed in a suspicious Essex house fire.

Sabah Usmani, who was a doctor, and her sons Sohaib, 11, and Rayyan, six, and daughter Hira, 13, died at their end-of-terrace home in Harlow at 01:45 BST.

A third son, Muneeb, nine, and daughter Maheen, three, were rescued and taken to hospital, where Muneeb later died.

Friends of the family, Parvez Hamid and Safia Anwar, told the BBC they were very shocked about what has happened to the family.

  • 15 Oct 2012
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