Three perish in early morning fire

Rajkumar Singh, 70, his wife Leela Singh, 68 and their son Shiva Singh, 35, were found on the upper storey of their Samaroo Street house by fire officers this morning after they had quelled the flames.

Neighbours were alerted to the situation shortly before 3am, when Rajkumar Singh was seen calling out for help from the front room of the upper storey.

Neighbours and fire officers attempted to come to the family's rescue with a ladder, but we're unsuccessful in their attempts to breach the fire in time.

They were however able to alert the family's tenants, who lived in a downstairs apartment after a neighbour jumped the wall and woke them up. The woman and her child were then pulled from building to safety.

The cause of the fire is still to be determined.

- by Peter Christopher

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