Essex

Harlow fire deaths: Man arrested in connection with Shakoor case

Sabah Usmani and her children who died in house fire in Harlow
Image caption Abdul Shakoor, his wife Sabah Usmani and their children were asleep when the fire started

A man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of six members of a family in a fire at their Essex home.

The 19-year-old from Harlow was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, arson and burglary.

The arrest follows the deaths at Barn Mead in Harlow last October of Sabah Usmani, her three sons and two daughters.

The man was released on police bail until 27 June while further enquiries are carried out.

The Harlow fire happened while Dr Abdul Shakoor, his wife Dr Usmani and their children Muneeb, nine, Rayyan, six, Hira, 12, Sohaib, 11, and Maheen, three, were asleep in their home on 15 October last year.

Dr Shakoor jumped from a bedroom window in an attempt to get help but was unable to save any of his family.

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