Investigators are uncertain what caused a blaze which killed five people in Sheffield – but have not found anything suspicious.
Fire and police specialists spent a third day sifting through the debris in the terraced house yesterday, to help them piece together the circumstances surrounding the horror blaze.
Shabbina Begum, aged 54, her daughter Anum Parwaiz Kayani, 20 and three grandchildren – brothers Adyan Parwaiz Kayani, aged nine, and seven-year-old Amman and their nine-week-old sister – perished when flames ripped through their home on Wake Road, Nether Edge, on Monday morning.
Neighbours said Shabbina escaped the inferno and went back inside in a desperate bid to save her family, but failed to re-emerge.
The mother of the three dead children, Razia Nazim, also escaped and had to be restrained when she too tried to re-enter the burning house to help them.
Post mortem examinations on the five bodies are under way to establish how each family member died.
One neighbour, whose home overlooks the back of the house where tragedy struck, said: “I used to see the little boys quite often – they used to sit on the wall outside my house and playing with other children in the area.
“It is so tragic, just awful. I really feel for their family.
“On the night of the fire I looked out and saw a sea of people outside.
“We knew something bad had obviously happened, but the magnitude did not become apparent until the following morning.
“My husband saw a relative at the scene who was inconsolable.”
Francis Conny, aged 77, who lives nearby, said: “I still can’t believe what has happened.
“It has affected the entire community because it is such a terrible tragedy.
“It will take a long time to recover from this, if people ever recover. I don’t know how the family involved will move on.”
The house on Wake Road remained cordoned off and under police guard yesterday along with the street.