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Mystery as body of dad is found after house fire
Detectives are probing a young dad’s death in a mystery blaze at his Bradford home.
Police cordoned off two streets, a large garden area and ginnels around Rylstone Gardens, Undercliffe, last night as an investigation continued into what caused the dad-of-one’s tragic death.
Forensic teams wearing white protective suits and masks put up a tent at the front of the modern terraced house and were seen searching inside the neat-looking home with infra-red lights and torches.
Windows at the back of the house had been opened and a curtain in the living room hung tattered and burnt.
The fire victim was named last night by his uncle as 28-year-old takeaway worker Amjad Hussain, who only hours before his death had told relatives he was planning a shopping trip to Kirkgate market in the city centre.
His uncle, Mohammed Shafiq, said Mr Hussain’s family were in “shock” and his wife who works at nearby Springwood Primary School was struggling to accept her loss.
“A neighbour rang Saima at the school where she works and said her house was on fire. She ran all the way down but the firemen would not let her anywhere near,” said Mr Shafiq.
He added: “The neighbours told us when the firemen brought him out they would not even let the paramedics near him. They could only see his hands and they had all marks on them.”
The couple, who had lived at the house for about four years, married ten years ago when Mr Hussain came from Pakistan to live in the UK. About a year later they had their son, said Mr Shafiq, who was diverting cars of family arriving at the house from London and Birmingham to Green Lane Mosque to pay their respects last night.
He said: “Saima is with her mother right now. She can’t get her head around what’s happened. The boy keeps asking for his daddy. She has been to the police station to talk to officers but none of us know what’s happened.
“They have told us it’s not just a fire death. There is more to it. They said there are circumstances they want to look at but we don’t know what they are. We have not been allowed back in the house and we have not been allowed to see him.”
Mr Shafiq described his nephew as a decent, hard-working man who went to work at a takeaway restaurant in Guiseley every evening until the early hours then came home to sleep.
He said: “He didn’t go out much because he was always working. He worked and slept. He didn’t speak much English. He worked hard for his family. He loved his wife, his child and his mother in Pakistan.
“He was a caring, loving man. He had no enemies and no worries – he would have told us. He was not one to start an argument. He was fine, I only spoke to him a couple of days ago.”
However, Mr Shafiq did say his nephew had been upset after being burgled about three months ago.
“Apart from that he had no worries. It is a mystery to us what has happened. The only thing we are certain of is that he is dead and it is not straightforward.”
Two fire appliances from Bradford and one from Idle were called to the house shortly after 1pm yesterday and discovered the body.
It was firefighters who alerted police and triggered the investigation which saw the house and surrounding streets cordoned off by tape and police officers stood guard as detectives carried out door-to-door inquiries.
A police spokesman last night said the investigation was still in its early stages.
e-mail: kathie.griffiths @telegraphandargus.co.uk