‘My kids are dead!’ Horrifying moment father realises his four children were killed Melbourne fire


The aunt of the four children who died in a house fire said the family are ‘destroyed’ by the devastating accident.

Masira Osman, 10, three-year-old brother Nadar and sisters Isan, 6 and Ileen, 1, all died after their Melbourne home burst into flames just after 1am on Sunday.

Neighbours said they awoke to hear the children’s father Najm screaming ‘save my children’ as emergency services battled to contain the fire. 

His sister said the deaths of her nieces and nephews ‘has broken my heart’.

Masira Osman, 10, three-year-old brother Nadar and sisters Isan, 6 and Ileen, 1, all died after their Melbourne home burst into flames just after 1am on Sunday (pictured with surviving brother Ibrahim, 8)

Masira Osman, 10, three-year-old brother Nadar and sisters Isan, 6 and Ileen, 1, all died after their Melbourne home burst into flames just after 1am on Sunday (pictured with surviving brother Ibrahim, 8)

Four children have died after a fire ripped through a Werribee property (pictured) during the early hours of Sunday morning

Four children have died after a fire ripped through a Werribee property (pictured) during the early hours of Sunday morning

‘I’m destroyed at the ­moment. We don’t know what happened,’ she told the Herald Sun.

‘We are Muslim and we believe in God. We know everything is written. But this is too hard to take.’

Emergency services were called to the fire at the Mantello Drive property, in the city’s south-west, just after 1am on Sunday. 

Najm Osman, 45, his 38-year-old wife Khadjah, and eight-year-old son Ibrahim managed to escape the blaze and were rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

The family immigrated from Sudan in the early 2000s and became important members of the local community.

Devastated neighbours described the heartbreaking scenes where the parents were begging for help.

Mourners left flowers at the fence outside the wreckage of the house on Sunday

Mourners left flowers at the fence outside the wreckage of the house on Sunday

The children - aged 10 to 1 - were initially reported as missing before police later confirmed they could not be saved

 The children – aged 10 to 1 – were initially reported as missing before police later confirmed they could not be saved

Smoke billowed into the air as around 30 firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control

Smoke billowed into the air as around 30 firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control 

Next-door neighbour Geeta Deagan, who has lived in the area for six years, said Mr Osman knocked on her door last night after his house had become engulfed in flames.

‘He banged on our door… [and said] to my husband, “my kids are dead, my kids are dead”,’ she said.

She said the mother then started to come to terms with the unfolding tragedy.  

‘[She] came to me and said, “they are not going to come back … my four kids died, I’m not a good mum, I’m not a good mum,” ‘ Ms Deagan said.

‘I just gave her a hug… there was nothing she could do.’

Mourners placed flowers at the fence of the destroyed house on Sunday with several extremely emotional and embracing each other.     

The kids parents and an eight-year-old boy were taken to hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries

The kids parents and an eight-year-old boy were taken to hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries

Emergency services carry a stretcher at the scene of a house fire at Werribee in Melbourne on Sunday

Emergency services carry a stretcher at the scene of a house fire at Werribee in Melbourne on Sunday

One neighbour started crying recalling seeing the parents in distress as their children died in a house fire in Melbourne's south-west

One neighbour started crying recalling seeing the parents in distress as their children died in a house fire in Melbourne’s south-west

Victoria Police confirmed the four deaths in a press conference. 

‘Unfortunately, a 10-year-old and three old boy, and a six and 1-year-old girl were found deceased inside the premises,’ Detective Senior Sergeant Ashley Ryan said on Sunday. 

‘It is a terrible set of circumstances and one that is very difficult for members of the family and our hearts go out to the family and to the community this morning.’ 

The father suffered smoke-related serious injuries while the mother is being treated for smoke inhalation. The boy had minor injuries. 

One firefighter was also taken to hospital to be assessed for smoke inhalation, but is reportedly fine.  

The house was completely destroyed by the inferno, with rescue efforts hindered after the roof collapsed during the blaze. 

The house has been completely destroyed after the roof collapsed during the blaze (pictured)

The house has been completely destroyed after the roof collapsed during the blaze (pictured) 

Security footage from a nearby home shows neighbours rushing into the street to help as smoke billowed into the air.  

Neighbours said there were phone delays getting through to emergency services and they waited 15 minutes before a 000 operator answered.  

‘I thought the sun was out, that was how bright it was,’ one neighbour told 9News.

‘When I went in to take a good look, the whole house was on fire.’

About 30 firefighters were called to the home to bring the fire under control. 

CFA District 14 Commander David Clancy said the home was already completely alight when emergency teams arrived on the scene. 

‘The firefighters had a fairly arduous task to conduct the firefight… they were unable to conduct an internal attack due to the heat from the fire,’ he said. 

Mr Clancy said the fire was finally brought under control about 2am, with the damage making it unsafe for firefighters to enter the home. 

‘It’s certainly up there with some of the tragedies I’ve seen… this in particular is a very tragic circumstance with four young children who have perished in the fire,’ he said.

Witnesses said there were long phone delays getting through to emergency services

Witnesses said there were long phone delays getting through to emergency services

The house has been taped off as emergency service teams processed the scene on Sunday

The house has been taped off as emergency service teams processed the scene on Sunday 



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