Inquest into Neasden house fire deaths adjourned until next year

Mother and her five children killed on Saturday morning

An inquest into the deaths of a mother and her five children in a house fire in Neasden has been opened and adjourned.

Muna Elmufatish, 41, perished alongside her daughters Hanin, 14, Basma, 13, Amal, nine, and sons Mustafa, five and two-year-old Yehya Kua, after a fire ripped through their home in Sonia Gardens on Saturday at around 1am.

Father Bassam, 51, and eldest daughter 16-year-old Nur managed to escape the inferno and are being treated for their injuries in hospital.

This morning (Tuesday), Barnet Coroner’s Court opened an inquest into all six deaths.

It was adjourned until February 16.

A post mortem carried out in Northwick Park Hospital yesterday (Tuesday) determined the cause of death as smoke inhalation.

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Yesterday, Crest Academy in Crest Road, Neasden, which was attended by Hanin and Basma and where Nur was a former pupil, and Braintcroft Primary School in nearby Warren Road, where Amal and Mustafa were pupils, held special assemblies in their memory.

Bev Bell, Crest Academy principal told the Times the school is providing counsellors for grieving pupils.

She added: “It’s very sombre and quiet.

“We have a large community of girls here who are very upset.”

“Our thoughts must go out to Nur and her father who are fighting for their lives and are the remaining members of this wonderful family in our school community.”

A Beko fridge freezer in the family’s home has been ruled out as being the cause of the fire.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.