Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'I Don't Want to See My Daughter Unless She Recovers. It Would Tarnish My Memories'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'I Don't Want to See My Daughter Unless She Recovers. It Would Tarnish My Memories'

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger

A FATHER whose wife and five of his six children died in a fire at their home spoke today for the first time about the loss of his "precious angels".

In an exclusive interview with the Standard, Bassam Kua, 51, told of his "indescribable pain" and said he was putting his faith in God to save his one remaining daughter, who is fighting for life in hospital.

The retired builder is covered in bandages after suffering burns trying to save his family when their north London house was engulfed in flames.

He revealed that he is refusing to see his 16-year-old daughter Nur unless she recovers, as he does not want to tarnish his happy memories of her.

"I do not want to see her like this," he said. "I hope that if she survives I will see her talk to me. I hope God will not disappoint me with this.

"We are praying for her and ask God to help us in our tragedy and ordeal. If not, I will accept she has gone and it will be another figure to the number."

The teenager has 80 per cent burns to her body and is on life support in a critical but stable condition at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Mr Kua's wife Muna Elmufatish, 41, daughters Hanin Kua, 14, Basma, 13, and Amal, nine, and sons Mustafa, five, and Yehya, two, all died in the inferno at their four-bedroom Neasden home early on Saturday . Fire investigators believe that a chest freezer was responsible for starting the worst house blaze in more than a decade.

The grieving father confirmed it was made by Beko, whose products are at the centre of a mass recall.

The investigators, yet to speak to Mr Kua, have so far not officially identified the model because it is so charred.

Mr Kua, his voice affected by smoke inhalation, recalled the "terrifying" moment his home burst into flames. He said: "It was my first experience of fire and I did not realise it would be this ferocious. It was really unbelievable.

"Most people die from smoke or gas, not burns. …

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