Tributes pour in for 5 victims of Hindu family who died in UK house fire

by IANS |

London, Nov 15 (IANS) Tributes have been pouring in for the five members of a Hindu family, including three children, who died in a house fire during Diwali celebrations in west London.

Seema Ratra died along with her three children -- Riyan, Shanaya and Arohi -- and a house guest in a blaze took hold in Channel Close, Hounslow on Sunday night.

While Ratra's husband Aroen Kishen survived and was taken to hospital, a sixth person remains missing as the police continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

Bunches of flowers for the children were placed at the scene on Tuesday on behalf of Springwell school. Notes attached to the flowers read: "Rest in peace sweet child," The Guardian reported.

"Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow at hearing the loss of three beautiful souls. Forever in our hearts! Good night and God bless," a tribute left on behalf of a 'Mrs Sheldon' read.

"Dear Riyan. I am so sorry that this has happened to you. All crying today and missing you today. You are still part of our family. We will never forget you, and you will always be in our hearts. May God grant you eternal life in heaven," a tribute by a six-year-old read.

Devastated cousins of the victims held back tears and were too traumatised to speak following the deadly blaze, The Independent reported.

Neighbours said they witnessed Kishen escaping the home screaming, "my kids, my kids," after the fire.

Ten fire engines and about 70 firefighters were pressed into service to control the blaze in which the ground floor and first floor of the mid-terrace house were destroyed and part of the roof was also damaged.

The bodies of the five family members were found on the first floor of the house by firefighters.

Addressing a press conference, Sean Wilson, Chief Superintendent at Metropolitan Police, called it a "terrible incident" and said the London Fire Brigade (LFB) will work tirelessly to find the reason behind the tragedy.

LFB said that it was too early to know whether fireworks or candles for recent Diwali celebrations caused the fire.

Latest News
Nothing has been decided yet: Amit Shah on new CMs of MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 07:12 PM
Focus on World Cup as India, England search for answers in three-match T20I series Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 06:52 PM
RCB skipper Smriti Mandhana bats for multi-city format in WPL Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 06:47 PM
Surpassing records holds true meaning to me with no fixating on personal milestones: Shubman Gill Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 06:38 PM
Google develops AI-powered spam detection to make Gmail safer Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 06:28 PM
Japanese cab driver arrested for killing pigeon Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 06:26 PM
Sonu Sood aids young man for father's heart surgery Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 06:18 PM
Intensify crusade against drug menace: Punjab CM Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 06:13 PM
Cash-for-query row: Delhi HC renotifies Mahua Moitra’s defamation case to Dec 11 Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 06:11 PM
Rahul to tour Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam from Dec 8 Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 06:08 PM
Hold BMC elections with ballot paper, not EVMs, Thackeray dares Maha govt Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 06:04 PM
Copa America to be played in 14 US cities Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 05:23 PM
Bengal school job case: Manik Bhattacharya accuses ED of seizing personal items during arrest Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 05:22 PM
Tractor plows into 2 clashing groups in Bihar, five injured Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 05:14 PM
Revanth Reddy’s supporters stage protest outside Hyderabad hotel Tue, Dec 05, 2023, 05:11 PM