Doctor in shock after trying to save family from blaze
A doctor fought in "appalling conditions" to save his wife and four children who died in a blaze in Essex early yesterday that might have been started by an arsonist plaguing the area, police said.
Dr Abdul Shakour, a 45-year-old hospital consultant, is suffering from smoke inhalation and severe shock.
His wife, Sabah Usmani, a 44-year-old GP, sons Sohaib (11), Rayan (6), and daughter Hira (13), died in their house at about 1.40am yesterday.
A third son, Muneeb (9), and a three-year-old daughter were pulled clear and taken to hospital in a critical condition.
Muneeb later died.
His younger sister remained in a critical condition last night.
Dr Shakour, who was seen screaming and praying outside his blazing home, is believed to have escaped through an upstairs window.
Police have appealed for information on the suspected arson attack. They believe the key to finding out what happened lies in the community.
Cars have been set alight in the area recently. A neighbour's car was burned on the same evening a short distance from the house. (© Daily Telegraph, London)