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Inquest into Neasden fire which killed mother and her five children due to start today

PUBLISHED: 07:09 22 October 2012 | UPDATED: 17:04 22 October 2012

The fire in Sonia Gardens was the worst in London in a decade (credit: PA/Anthony Devlin)

The fire in Sonia Gardens was the worst in London in a decade (credit: PA/Anthony Devlin)

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Blaze in Sonia Gardens was the worst in London for a decade

An inquest into a Neasden house fire that claimed the lives of a mother and her five children is due to take place today (Monday).

Muna Elmufatish, 41, her daughters Hanin, 14, Basma, 13 and Amal, nine and sons Mustafa, five and two-year-old Yehya Kua were killed when a blaze swept through their semi-detached home in Sonia Gardens, last September.

All six died from smoke inhalation.

Father Bassam Kua, 51, and his eldest daughter 16-year-old Nur managed to escape the inferno.

The inquest is due to take place at North London Coroner’s Court in Barnet.

A chest freezer, which was in the hallway downstairs, will form part of the investigation into what caused the blaze which has been described by fire chiefs as the worst in London for a decade.

A preliminary hearing took place in February but it was delayed by coroner Andrew Walker until all necessary reports have been conducted.

At the time Dr Farroq Bajwa, representing the Kua family, said: “They just want to find out exactly what happened.”

Hundreds of people attended their funerals at The Garden of Peace Cemetery in Ilford last year.

Mourners included teachers from teachers and pupils from Crest Academy in Crest Road, Neasden, where Hanin and Basma were students.

Governors, teachers and friends from Braintcroft Primary School, in Warren Road, Neasden, where Amal and Mustafa were pupils, also paid their final respects.

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