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Forensic investigation continues into Harlow fire that killed mother and four children

By MatthewWard  |  Posted: October 16, 2012


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Painstaking forensic examinations continue today at the scene of the devastating Harlow fire which caused the tragic loss of five members of one family in the early hours of yesterday morning.

An Essex Police spokesman said there will be much activity at the property, the home of Dr Abdul Shakoor who lost his wife Sabah Usmani and four children Hira, Sohaib, Muneeb and Rayyan in the blaze which took hold around 1.45am, and is being treated as arson.

The youngest child, Maheen who survived the fire is still being treated for her injuries at

Broomfield Hospital’s specialist burns unit in

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Chelmsford and her condition is described as critical but stable.

You can watch footage from yesterday's press conference at Essex Police Headquarters, Chelmsford, here:

A Facebook page "RIP Usmani family " has been set up as a memorial to Sohaib, Rayan, Hira and Sabah,

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