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Girl dies following house arson

Hameeda Begum
Hameeda Begum raised the alarm when she heard the smoke detector

A four-year-old girl who suffered critical burns when her home in Greater Manchester was set on fire has died after weeks in intensive care.

Alana Mian was injured in an arson attack at her Bolton home on 23 June which also claimed the life of her grandmother, Hameeda Begum, 71.

Two more people are still in hospital following the blaze.

A man, 22, and a 12-year-old boy arrested in connection with the blaze have been bailed until 24 September.

Alana died on Friday afternoon while in intensive care at a specialist burns unit in Leicester.

'No grudge'

Her 24-year-old mother, Saima, Hameeda's daughter, was also treated at the unit but has since been transferred back to Wythenshawe Hospital, where her condition is said to have greatly improved.

Firefighter Steve Morris who was also badly injured when he went into the burning house to save the family remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The blaze started in a bin at the front of the house at around midnight.

The house in Little Holme Walk
The fire started in a bin at the front of the house

Speaking three weeks after the fire which killed his wife, and now his granddaughter, jeweller Mumtaz Chishty, 71, said: "We need to know who this was and why they did it.

"I have no grudge with anyone. I just want justice for my wife and family."

Mr Chishty said his wife saved his life after she heard the fire alarm go off.

He was held back by neighbours as he tried to return to the burning house to save her.

Detective Chief Inspector Jeff McMahon said: "This fire has absolutely devastated this family who have now not only lost their mother and grandmother, but their little girl too.

"We still believe there are people out there who are talking to each other about what happened, but not talking to us.

"I urge you to imagine how Alana's mum and dad must be feeling and consider whether what you know could help them get justice for their little girl."




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