Six Pakistani men, were killed after a fire broke out in a villa in Al Ain’s Zakher area, four of the men belonged to the same family, the police said on Sunday.
Police said that the sole survivor of the incident failed to inform the police as soon as the fire broke out.
The deceased have been identified as Omer Farouq; his elder brother Khurram; their father Farouq, their relative Ali Haider; and two family friends, Khayal Afdal and Eid Nawaz.
Mohammed Raheem, 50, who only survived the incident, was visiting the family from Dubai, he escaped by smashing open the aluminium roof of a bathroom.
Mohammed Raheem who works as a driver, told, “I tried to pull Omer out, but he fell unconscious after suffocating due to the smoke,”.
According to him, Omer, Khurram, Khayal and Eid were sleeping in one room, while he, Farooq and Ali were sleeping in another. “I woke up because of the heat. By the time we realised there was a fire, it had spread all over. Omer and Haider tried to reach the other room, but it was impossible because of the raging flames. I escaped by God’s grace, but I am struggling to cope with the loss of my friends,” said Raheem.
He said the neighbours called the civil defence, after which a team arrived at the spot. The victims were rushed to Al Ain Hospital, where the six men were declared brought dead.
According to the foreign office, the remains arrived at the Islamabad International Airport at 10:40am today and have now been transported to their hometowns by Overseas Pakistanis Foundation’s (OPF) Free Ambulance Service.
Three of the bodies are being transported to Kohat, one to Hangu, one to Peshawar and one to Darra Adam Khel.