Hounslow fire: Person still missing 36 hours after blaze which killed three children and two adults
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The blaze tore through a family home in Channel Close, Hounslow, on Sunday night (November 12).
A sixth person remains and in hospital - and a seventh is unaccounted for.
Aroen Kishen and his wife Seema have been named locally as the occupants of the house.
Neighbours have spoken of hearing cries from the house on Sunday night.
The back of Inder Kondal’s home in Hounslow has a view of the site of the fire, and the father-of-two said the flames spread so fast throughout the house that it had engulfed the property within a minute and a half.
The 48-year-old and his neighbours have talked of fireworks going off for Diwali, and investigators said on Monday that fireworks had not been ruled out as a possible cause.
Mr Kondal said it was around 10.30pm on Sunday when he first saw the flames.
“What we saw was pretty crazy,” Mr Kondal, who works in security, said. “We heard someone say: ‘Get my son out.' We could hear people screaming and stuff. It was horrific. The fireworks going on were crazy. It was horrendous.
“My 12-year-old daughter was in the garden and saw the flames. It’s so sad. Within a minute the fire had gone all the way through. One and a half minutes in, it was in through the back. It was instant.”
His neighbor, father-of-four Ram Saldhu, 63, said: “I have lived here for 35 years and have never seen anything like this before. We were doing fireworks and finished about eight o’clock. We went out the back and saw the flashing lights and the smoke.
“An alleyway goes in front of their house, and we saw them sometimes, but didn’t know them personally. I saw their children going out to play in the summer sometimes.
“There were lots of fireworks going off last night. I saw the flashing lights about ten o’clock, and I could see the smoke coming out. It’s very bad news.”
Met Police investigation
Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, responsible for policing in Hounslow, said on Monday: “My thoughts are with the loved ones of those who very sadly lost their lives in this tragic incident. I don’t underestimate the impact that this will have on the wider community and beyond. I understand that there will be a demand for answers and my officers are working to establish exactly what has happened.”
The force said in a statement: "Enquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing. At this early stage in the investigation there have been no arrests."
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 and give reference 6845/12NOV.