x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Mother and four children die in Al Ain house fire

Exclusive: House fire in Remah district this morning kills mother and four children but father survives after a desperate attempt to save his young family.

AL AIN // A mother and her four children were killed in a house fire in the Remah district of the city this morning, despite her husband's frantic attempts to save his family.

According to neighbours, a computer caught fire after an electrical fault in the older, traditional house in the early hours of this morning.

The mother, who was sleeping in a room with the four children, screamed to her husband for help but he was unable to get to the door from the inside of the house.

"The man went outside and broke a window and was screaming at her to hand him the children but she was unable to get them to him," a neighbour said.

It is understood that the four children died of burns and smoke inhalation at Tawam Hospital, while the mother died on the way to the hospital about 4.40am.

The father is believed to be in intensive care at the hospital.

The children are believed to have all been aged 10 and under.

ealghalib@thenational.ae