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Last child loses battle for life after house fire

A DOCTOR was facing life without his wife and all five of his children today after his three-year-old daughter lost her fight for life following a house fire.

Maheen Shakoor had been in a critical condition in hospital after the blaze in Harlow, Essex.

Her mother, Dr Sabah Usmani, brothers Sohaib (11), Muneeb (9) and Rayyan (6), and 12-year-old sister Hira died in their end-of-terrace house in the early hours of Monday. Her father, Abdul Shakoor, also a doctor, suffered minor injuries as he fought to rescue his family from the blaze.

But a spokesman for the hospital in Chelmsford, where Dr Shakoor worked, said the girl had also died.

Essex police initially treated the blaze as a suspected arson attack, but it is now thought that it is likely that the fire was a "tragic accident".