A ferocious fire that killed five members of a Sheffield family - including three children - reached temperatures of more than 1,000C, an inquest heard.
Five members of the Kayani family were killed in the blaze at their home on Wake Road, Nether Edge last April.
Nine-year-old Adyan, seven-year-old Amaan and nine-week-old baby daughter Minahil were all killed, along with the children’s grandmother Shabina Begum, 53 and their aunt, student Anum Parwaiz, 20.
An inquest into their deaths today heard that temperatures were ‘in excess of 1,000C’ in the living room.
Fire investigator Andrew Strelczenie said crews who dealt with the blaze indicated it was the ‘most severe, hottest and most difficult atmosphere’ they’ve worked in.
He said: “This is the largest loss of life we’ve dealt with in the last six years and it’s taken some time for us to get over it.”
The inquest heard a mobile phone was on charge in the downstairs living room where the fire started.
Family member Sadaf Parwaiz, whose phone was on charge, described seeing a ‘sparkle’ near her phone.
She said: “At first I didn’t think it was a fire, I thought it was some kind of toy flashing.”
She said she tried to put out the fire with a cushion but the fire spread to the plug socket and caused an ‘explosion’.
Giving evidence at the inquests in Sheffield today, Sadaf described how she and her mother unsuccessfully tried to fight the fire in the lounge of the terraced house in Wake Road, Nether Edge.
She said her mother opened the front door and had an opportunity to escape but she wanted to rescue the children.
Sheffield Coroner Chris Dorries said to her: “Your mother had the opportunity to escape from the house, didn’t she?
“But she was very brave, wasn’t she, and she went back upstairs?”
Mr Dorries also asked investigator Detective Constable Joe Hall about Mrs Begum’s actions and the police officer agreed she was ‘immensely brave’.
Firefighters who got to the scene climbed stairs that were on fire to try to get to the trapped family members upstairs.
Barry Ainsworth, from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said it has been a ‘ferocious fire’.
He said he and colleagues fought their way up a burning staircase with zero visibility to find the casualties.
The two youngest children were found in the attic, the coroner was told. Amaan was hiding under the bunk bed.
More than 2,000 mourners attended the family’s funerals last year at the Medina Mosque in Heeley - one of the biggest funerals ever seen in Sheffield.
The inquest continues and is due to finish tomorrow.