14 April 2015
Fridge Freezer Fire Kills Family
A family died in their family home as a result of inhaling the fumes from the fire caused by a faulty fridge freezer.
The capacitor inside the chest freezer failed and caught alight killing mother Muna Elmufatish, and her daughters Hanin Kua (fourteen), Basma (thirteen), Amal (nine), and sons Mustafa (five)and Yeha (two).
Father Bassam Kua and eldest daughter Nur (seventeen) were the only family members to survive what the London Fire Brigade described as the worst fire in a decade.
This fire in Neasdon is sadly not the only fridge freezer blaze to have killed in London in recent years. There is more than one fridge freezer fire in the capital every week and a total of 71 people have been injured by fires of this type in London since 2010.
Among the most dangerous household appliances during fires are fridges and freezers. The reason they pose such a risk is because they are always switched on and many are insulated with highly flammable foam coated by thin plastic. If ignited this flammable insulation can cause a large fire which can spread quickly and emit toxic gases.
The London Fire Brigade has called for manufacturers to make the backs of all their fridge freezers using non-combustible or fire-proof materials. The Deputy Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade claimed that such a change in manufacturing fridge freezers would be simple to carry out and has the potential to decrease the number of deaths and injuries caused by fires involving fridges and freezers. The London Fire Brigade has been lobbying the industry for these changes for the past three and a half years.
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