Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sheffield fire deaths: Faulty charger likely cause

Scene of fire
Image caption Three generations of one family died in the fire on Wake Road, Sheffield

A fire which killed five people was most likely caused by an "electrical fault involving a faulty charging device", investigators have said.

Two women and three children died in the blaze in Wake Road, Sheffield, on 28 April, including Shabbina Begum, 53.

Her daughter Anum Parwaiz Kayani, 20, Adyan Parwaiz Kayani, nine, Amaan Parwaiz Kayani, seven, and nine-week-old Minahil Parwaiz Kayani also died.

On Friday, more than 2,000 people attended their funeral.

A South Yorkshire Police representative said: "Following a joint investigation, South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have found that the most probable cause of the fatal house fire in Wake Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield, was an electrical fault involving a faulty charging device.

"However, the investigation continues on behalf of the coroner, and a full inquest into the deaths of the three children and two women will take place at a future date."

Post-mortem examinations found that all five died from the effects of smoke inhalation.

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