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A Beko fridge was incorrectly being blamed for a fire in Neasden, North West London that has sadly claimed the lives of six members of the family that lived in the home.
The blaze swept through the family's home in the early hours of Saturday.
Friends of two sisters who died in the inferno - 14-year-old Hanin Kua and Basma, 13 - gathered at their school yesterday to grieve. Their mother Muna Elmufatish, 41, nine-year-old sister Amal, and little brothers Mustafa and Yehya, aged five and two, were also killed.
Father Bassam Kua, 51, and 16-year-old daughter Nur escaped from the house but remained in hospital where police yesterday said he was in a stable condition while she was described as critical.
Girls from the Crest Girl's Academy where the older sisters studied paid tribute to them by leaving flowers at the school.
Post mortem examinations into those who died are due to take place today. Investigations into the cause of the fire, which has been described as "non-suspicious", continue.
A family friend told the Daily Mail that Bassam had told him he had seen smoke coming from the fridge. Hesham Fathi, said: ‘I have spoken to Bassan and he told me he saw smoke coming from the fridge. I am positive it was a Beko.'
Police said they believed the blaze at the semi-detached home was caused by an electrical fault in the appliance, the newspaper reported.
It should be noted however that, at this point, there is no concrete information as to the make of the fridge or if that is categorically the cause of the fire.
There are believed to be up to 500,000 of the affected appliances in this country but many thousands of owners may be unaware of the problem. WE have reported the issue several times and more information as well as links to still more is available from this news article.
Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Regulation, Steve Turk, said: ‘Any fire can be lethal, but the London Fire Brigade is particularly concerned about this because fires involving any sort of fridge-freezer develop rapidly and produce an enormous amount of toxic smoke.’
A Beko spokesman said in July that they were attempting to trace owners and were using British Gas to carry out a free modification to fix the problem.
Anyone with concerns should contact Beko by calling its free phone number on 0800 009 4837 between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday or by visiting www.beko.co.uk.
The BBC reports this afternoon that in statement the London Fire Brigade stated that, "At this stage, the London Fire Brigade is able to confirm that a Beko fridge freezer was at the scene of the fire. However, this is not forming part of the fire investigation at this time."
So, it would appear that the fridge is not suspected as being the cause of this fire.