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Family fire victims killed by fumes

Six people killed in a house fire died from inhalation of fumes, post mortem examinations have found.

Mother Muna Elmufatish, 41, and five children perished in the blaze in the early hours of Saturday.

Scotland Yard gave results of the post mortems and said an inquest into the deaths would open at Barnet Coroner's Court on Tuesday morning.

Earlier hundreds of school children gathered for a moving assembly in memory of two of the girls killed in the fire at their home in Neasden, north west London.

Grieving youngsters at Crest Academy were comforted by teachers as they mourned their classmates - Hanin Kua, 14, and her sister Basma, 13.

During the short assembly held ahead of lessons, the pupils and staff paid tribute to the "popular, caring and diligent" pair who were killed alongside their mother, nine-year-old sister Amal and brothers Mustafa and Yehya, aged five and two.

Father Bassam Kua, 51, and 16-year-old daughter Nur escaped from the house but remain in hospital.

Addressing some 900 students - many of whom wept or held hands - Bev Bell, principal at Crest Academy, said: "The girls were well known, loved and respected by you all.

"We are so proud to have experienced their contribution to our lives within this academy."

Girls sat crying and hugging as Mrs Bell said: "Basma Kua and Hanin Kua died in the early hours of Saturday morning in a tragic fire in their home in Sonia Gardens.

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