Tributes to Heaton triple fire death couple

The Bolton News: TRAGIC: Hassan Rafie TRAGIC: Hassan Rafie

DEVASTATED friends of a couple killed in a house blaze have paid tribute to them as detectives reveal that the fire could have been a murder-suicide.

Hassan and Mahnaz Rafie and their elderly mother-in-law, Dolleh Joseph, aged 74, were killed by the blaze in Albert Road West, Heaton, in the early hours of Monday.

It is believed detectives are investigating whether Mr Rafie, a former computer shop owner, may have killed his wife and then himself in the fire.

Their home had been up for sale for £325,000 before the incident and it is understood the family may have been also selling another house, in Carslake Avenue, Bolton.

Both houses were being sold through the estate agent Miller Metcalfe, who have since removed them from internet housing sites.

Police are awaiting results of post-mortem examinations and were expected to recover the bodies of Mr and Mrs Rafie from the Albert Road West house at some point yesterday.

It may be days before either is formally identified because of the horrific injuries they have sustained — and police could be forced to rely on dental records.

The couple were discovered in the kitchen and Mrs Rafie’s mother was rescued from one of the bedrooms upstairs before being taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Mahnaz, known locally as Mona, has been described as a “lovely woman” by a former neighbour who knew the couple when they lived in Carslake Avenue.

It is understood they lived there with their two sons, Ommid and Arash, for about 10 years. They moved from the street several years ago.

Ommid is thought be a doctor and lives in Preston, while it is understood his younger brother, Arash, is studying medicine at university.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she was devastated.

She added: “It nearly killed me when I heard the news. You just can’t imagine how it could have happened.

“The two boys used to be ever so respectful and polite so I’m relieved that they’re okay.

“She was a lovely lass and you could not have asked for a nicer neighbour.

“I heard from her only a month or so ago and she mentioned going out shopping.”

Another ex-neighbour, who also wished to remain anonymous, added: “We didn’t know them well. You just can’t fathom how something like this could happen.”

A Heaton councillor, Bob Allen, said: “My heart goes out to the family and friends of people involved in this tragedy.”

A police spokesman said: “We cannot rule out that the fire was started to kill the people in the house. That is one line of inquiry we are pursuing .”

Mrs Rafie used to work at one of the Next branches in Bolton and a spokesman for the firm said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this very sad time.

“Due to the sensitive nature of this matter we wish to respect their privacy.”


MORE:


Mr Rafie is thought to have owned the Alfa computer shop in Chorley Old Road, which was robbed in 2001.

Two bodies, understood to be those of Mr and Mrs Rafie, were discovered in the kitchen of the house.

The house is still cordoned off by police.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:38am Wed 11 Dec 13

danssoncabaret says...

So sad, my heart goes out to family and friends. x
So sad, my heart goes out to family and friends. x danssoncabaret

4:26pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Gill bolton says...

May they rest in peace.
May they rest in peace. Gill bolton

4:56pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Comment777 says...

What is wrong with you all, if as the police suspect this is a crime the father murdered his family...MURDERED them deliberately with no thought for the danger in which he put his neighbours, potential rescuers or fire brigade personnel...
What is wrong with you all, if as the police suspect this is a crime the father murdered his family...MURDERED them deliberately with no thought for the danger in which he put his neighbours, potential rescuers or fire brigade personnel... Comment777

6:01pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Facts234 says...

Comment777 wrote:
What is wrong with you all, if as the police suspect this is a crime the father murdered his family...MURDERED them deliberately with no thought for the danger in which he put his neighbours, potential rescuers or fire brigade personnel...
The police only Suspect he murdered, they have not confirmed he did murder! Therefore instead of being judge and jury and jumping ahead let the full details be confirmed before you begin slating people for leaving condolences for the deceased. There are 2 children who have lost their family, have some respect.
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: What is wrong with you all, if as the police suspect this is a crime the father murdered his family...MURDERED them deliberately with no thought for the danger in which he put his neighbours, potential rescuers or fire brigade personnel...[/p][/quote]The police only Suspect he murdered, they have not confirmed he did murder! Therefore instead of being judge and jury and jumping ahead let the full details be confirmed before you begin slating people for leaving condolences for the deceased. There are 2 children who have lost their family, have some respect. Facts234

6:35pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Citizen Cane says...

Comment 777 has a valid point and did use the critical word "if". Of course condolences are appropriate for innocent victims and also the potential perpetrator (should that be proven) if that individual was not of sound mind at the time. In reality, we'll never know will we? I do understand that they were a wonderful family and contributed to the community in a very real way, so this is certainly a huge and deeply sad tragedy.
Comment 777 has a valid point and did use the critical word "if". Of course condolences are appropriate for innocent victims and also the potential perpetrator (should that be proven) if that individual was not of sound mind at the time. In reality, we'll never know will we? I do understand that they were a wonderful family and contributed to the community in a very real way, so this is certainly a huge and deeply sad tragedy. Citizen Cane

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree