The devastated father of four children killed in a horrific house fire has revealed a snippet of the tragic ordeal.
The father of four children killed when a fire broke out at their family home in Melbourne has spoken for the first time.
Two boys, 10-year-old Musrah Osman and three-year-old Nadeer, and two girls, six-year-old Icen and one-year-old Ileen, were killed in the blaze that engulfed their family home in Werribee around 1am on Sunday.
Their parents Najm and Khadjah and their eight-year-old son were the only family members to escape the blaze.
In the commotion, authorities initially feared the other four children had gone missing, however, it was later confirmed they had perished in the fire.
It took 30 firefighters more than an hour to bring the fire under control, with the roof of the family home collapsing in the process.
Nine News reporters said the father was inconsolable on Monday. Reports from the ground say he and his wife only survived because eight-year-old son Ibrahim woke them in tears.
The father says he and his wife were already blanketed in thick black smoke by the time they woke.
He says he tried to force his way into his remaining children’s bedrooms but was ultimately pushed out by the blaze.
He suffered serious burns to his arms but is expected to be discharged from hospital tomorrow.
The Werribee community has flocked to the remnants of the family’s home to pay respects. Flowers and toys line the safety fencing around the site where the four children tragically lost their lives.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support the family through this horrific tragedy. At the time of publishing, the page had raised more than $233,000.
Organiser of the crowd-funding page, Fathi Ahmed, said all money raised would go to covering the cost of funeral and memorial services for the children, along with rebuilding their home and replacing the items they had lost in the blaze. Mr Ahmed described the four children as “bright and beautiful”, saying that tragedy had cause tremendous heartache for the family.
“This unexpected house fire has caused the deaths of four young, bright and beautiful children, who were all so full of life and love, who had the most infectious smiles and radiated such a light that could illuminate the deepest and darkest of places,” he wrote.
“This has caused a tremendous amount of emotional and psychological distress on the family. “The family, friends and communities of this beautiful family are also extremely devastated and in complete agony by this sudden and unexplainable tragedy which has left many imploding with unbearable pain.”