City grieves for fire victims

Flowers are laid close to the at the bottom of Wake Road, Sheffield, where 2 women and 3 children died in a house fire
Flowers are laid close to the at the bottom of Wake Road, Sheffield, where 2 women and 3 children died in a house fire
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A blaze which wiped out five members of a Sheffield family across three generations may have been a tragic accident, investigations have so far found.

The ferocious fire – South Yorkshire’s most serious in terms of loss of life in five years – started on the ground floor of the terrace home on Wake Road in Nether Edge.

The cause was still under investigation today, but is not thought to be suspicious.

“So far nothing has been found which suggests the fire was started deliberately,” a fire brigade spokesman said.

“Efforts continue to establish the exact cause of the fire, which is believed to have started on the ground floor.”

Emergency workers were today praised for battling to try to revive Shabbina Begum, aged 54, her daughter Anum Parwaiz Kayani, 20, and her three grandchildren Adyan Parwaiz Kayani, nine, Amaan, seven, and their nine-week-old baby sister.

Neighbour Mohammed Yaris, 35, said: “I saw police working on everyone, they didn’t want to give up.”

Mr Yaris added: “They kept going and going, trying to help save them. They worked really hard.”

Other neighbours said the mother of the three dead children - Razia Nazim, who escaped the inferno - had to be restrained at the scene as she tried to re-enter the burning house.

Her taxi driver husband, Nazim Parwaiz, arrived to find emergency workers trying to revive his loved ones.

Mr Yaris said: “It is like a living nightmare – it has affected everyone. I keep seeing the bodies. It was such a shock to see people you know in that situation.I can’t imagine the devastation the family feel. All we can do is support them.”

South Yorkshire’s last most serious house fire claimed four lives in Doncaster in 2009.