Three children are amongst the five victims of a fatal house fire which has ‘destroyed’ a family in Sheffield.
The home, on Wake Road, Sharrow, was set ablaze on Sunday night, with a nine-week-old girl and two boys, Amaan Nazim, seven, and Adhyan Nazim, nine, dying alongside their aunt, Shabina Begum, 20, and grandmother, Anum Parvaiz, 54.
Ms Parvaiz is believed to have run back into the blazing home in an attempt to rescue the children but sadly died at the scene.
It is understood the children's father, Nazim Parvaiz, was out working when the fire broke out whilst their mother, Razia Nazim, survived and is currently being consoled by family members.
Cousin of the 54-year-old grandmother who died, Ishfaq Hussain Kayan, said words cannot describe the tragedy.
“They (the children) were full of life, quite bubbly, very energetic. They were looking forward to attending school,” he said.
“As soon as the news broke just after midnight, we came round. It's so sad. A couple of hours ago the whole family was leading their normal life - quite prosperous, happy.
“Just in a matter of minutes the whole family has been destroyed. The whole family has gone.
“You can well imagine what the children's parents are going through. I don't have the words to describe how the family is feeling, other than shell-shocked, devastated.
“We are a close-knit family; there are enough people around to support the family.”
He added: “They were such a lovely family, highly respected. Quite an industrious family who had everything going. This tragedy has struck and we have to try our level best to pull through this.”
Four fire engines, from Central, Rivelin, Lowedges and Mansfield Road stations, along with a crew using an aerial ladder platform, were called to the scene to tackle the blaze whilst police cars and an ambulance also attended.
A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said the cause of the blaze was being investigated.