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College principal pays tribute to student killed in horror fire in Sheffield

The scene of the fire on Wake Road, Nether Edge, Flower tributes near the scene

The scene of the fire on Wake Road, Nether Edge, Flower tributes near the scene

A tribute has been paid to a young woman killed alongside her mother, two nephews and baby niece in a horror blaze in Sheffield.

Anum Parwaiz Kayani, aged 20, perished in the family home on Wake Road, Nether Edge, in the early hours of Monday.

Her mother Shabbina Begum, 54, nephews Adyan and Amaan Parwaiz Kayani, aged nine and seven, and the boys’ nine-week-old baby sister were also unable to be revived.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the blaze is still under way, but it is not thought to be suspicious.

Today Julie Byrne, Principal of Sheffield City College where Anum used to study, spoke of her sadness at her death.

“It is extremely upsetting to hear about such a tragic case, affecting so many members of the same family - one of whom was a former student,” she said.

“Anum studied applied science with us and left college last year. She was planning to return this year to start a dental technology qualification.

“Anum was a lovely, helpful student with a good sense of humour. Students and staff are saddened and shocked by the news, and are being offered counselling.

“We would like to offer our deepest condolences to Anum’s family and friends, at what must be an unbearably difficult time.”

Anum’s nephews were pupils at Lydgate Junior School, Crosspool, where headteacher Stuart Jones paid a moving tribute to the boys remembering the ‘sparkle in their eyes’ and the ‘smiles on their faces’.

Yesterday the police cordon around the scene of the blaze was scaled back.

Officers remained on guard outside the house while police and fire investigators continued to examine the property

Sheffield’s District Commander for South Yorkshire Police, Chief Superintendent David Hartley, said: “We owe it to the family of those who died in this tragic blaze to investigate the cause of this fire as thoroughly as we can, in order to give them the answers they need and deserve.

“This is, understandably, a thorough and complex process which needs to be carried out in scrupulous detail and which cannot be rushed.

“I would like to thank the family and friends of those who died, as well as the wider community, for the dignity and patience they have shown while this joint investigation is under way, during what is clearly a very distressing and traumatic time.”

Sheffield coroner Chris Dorries has been alerted to the deaths and inquests are due to be opened.

Funeral arrangements for the family have not yet been finalised.

 

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