Funeral on Saturday for Brampton family killed in house fire

Three young children and their parents will be laid to rest Saturday morning after a fire ripped through their Brampton home earlier this week.

Raven Ali-O’Dea, 29, her husband Nazir Ali, 28, and their children, seven-year-old Layla, eight-year-old Jayden, and 10-year-old Alia, died Monday morning after a fire erupted at their house on Conestoga Drive, just before 2 am

Fire crews said the blaze was so extreme that firefighters had to retreat at first before attempting to rescue those inside.

They pulled four people out but all of them succumbed to their injuries in hospital. A fifth person was found dead inside.

The children’s maternal grandmother, who lived with the family, suffered severe burns and was transported to hospital in critical condition. Two tenants living in the home’s base managed to escape uninjured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, however the children’s grandfather told CTV News Toronto on Monday that he believes the home did not have working smoke detectors.

Ontario Fire Marshal John Pegg has urged the public to ensure that they have working fire alarms to avoid more tragedies like this from happening again.

“Fire spreads so fast in our houses nowadays with the construction that we have and the plastics that are in there, so the smoke is so thick and black (as a result),” he said to reporters at the scene on Tuesday..” If you don’t have a working smoke alarm, unfortunately we are going to see more tragedies like over my shoulder. We need to get serious. We need to be serious about smoke alarms.”

A private funeral will be held at Jame Masjid in Mississauga. The burial will be at the Brampton Funeral Home & Cemetery at 10:30 am, and will be open to the public.

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