House fire mother dies


Two men in custody over fire which killed Blackburn parents

A woman who was rescued from a burning house which claimed the life of her husband and left two of her children fighting for the lives has died.

Mother-of-three Ayesha Mohammed lost her battle this morning at the Royal Blackburn Hospital a week after a fire engulfed her family home, police confirmed.

Her husband Abdullah Mohammed, 41, died shortly after he was rescued by firefighters from their home on London Road last Wednesday.

The couple’s two young children – Siddiqah, 14, and nine-year-old Muhammad – were rushed to hospital.

Muhammad has since been released from hospital and is being cared for by his older brother Ashraf who was away at university in Bradford when tragedy struck.

His younger sister, Siddiqah, remains in critical condition at the University Hospital of Manchester.

A 29-year-old man from Manchester and a 39-year-old man from St Annes are currently in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Detectives will today attend Blackburn Magistrates Court to apply for a warrant of further detention in relation to the two men. If successful, officers will be granted an extra 36 hours to question the men.


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