I came home to find wife and chil­dren dead

Dad was on school run when fa­tal fire broke out

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi

A hus­band and fa­ther has told of the mo­ment he re­turned from col­lect­ing his el­dest child from school to find his wife and two youngest daugh­ters had died in a house fire in Shar­jah.

Heart­bro­ken Ahmed Ibrahim, 53 (left), from the Co­moros Is­lands, told 7DAYS: “I was shocked to see my house on fire. My wife, Fa­tima (38), and two daugh­ters, Shahd (13) and Lamya (11), were in­side.”

He said the blaze, which hap­pened shortly af­ter 11.30am on Tues­day, was so bad that fire­fight­ers ini­tially were un­able to en­ter the house.

The cause of the fire in the Al Gah­fya area is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

“They had to bat­tle the blaze from out­side to be able to get in,” Ibrahim added.

“I can­not for­get al­most 20 years of my life with my wife. We shared painful and pleas­ant times.

“We man­aged to over­come tough times to­gether. Life will not be easy with­out her.”

The griev­ing hus­band and fa­ther added: “Time seems long since the in­ci­dent hap­pened. The last night was very long night.”

Ibrahim added: “To­day I checked my house, I saw our hens burnt and noth­ing was left, ev­ery­thing was gut­ted,” he said. How­ever, he said that he has faith in God that will see him and his sur­viv­ing daugh­ter, Zainab Ahmed, 17, through this dif­fi­cult time. "I be­lieve in the power and des­tiny of Al­lah. I truly be­lieve God is go­ing to help me and my daugh­ter, Zainab, through what­ever we have to go through. God will be right there for us." Zainab Ahmed, 17, said: “I can­not be­lieve that I have lost my two sis­ters. We used to go to school to­gether. They were al­ways hy­per, bring­ing joy.” Ibrahim praised the emer­gency ser­vices for the com­pas­sion they have shown since the tragic in­ci­dent. "I thank all those Civil De­fence and po­lice of­fi­cers who came to of­fer their con­do­lences to me,” he said, be­fore adding that they had worked through the night to fight the blaze.

TRAGEDY: The scene of the blaze

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