Family pay tribute to ‘beloved mother’ killed in Oldham house fire

A 42-year-old woman died in the tragic incident, while her daughter remains in a critical condition.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 30th June 2023

A heartfelt tribute has been paid to the 42-year-old woman who died in a house fire in Oldham last weekend.

Sadia Shafiq, who has been described as beloved mother, sister and friend, tragically died in the blaze on Saint Thomas Street North on Saturday 24 June.

Her 15-year-old daughter remains in a critical condition in hospital following the incident.

A huge emergency services response was scrambled to the residential address at around 4.10pm on Saturday, with fire crews working into the night to contain the fire.

An investigation is ongoing to establish the cause of the Oldham house fire.


The heartbroken family of Sadia have now paid tribute to her and said the following: “We as a family have been devastated by the loss of Sadia and our hearts are broken.

“She was a beloved mother and sister and a friend to many. She was caring and the light of all our lives and will be deeply missed by all.


“We will never come to terms with our loss but we thank the local community who have come together and supported us during this difficult time.”

Sadia’s family have asked for privacy whilst they grieve.

Earlier this week, GMP detectives appealed for any information relating to the fire, including CCTV, doorbell or dashcam footage around the time of the incident.


Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Naismith, of GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “An investigation has been launched to try and establish the circumstances that very tragically led to this woman’s death and to the serious injury of a teenage girl.

“Everyone at GMP sends their condolences to the loved ones of the woman who sadly died. The family of the victim are now being supported by specialist officers and have been kept updated throughout. They are also assisting us with our enquiries.

“You may notice an increase of police visibility in the area in the coming days, if you have any concerns, please speak to one of our uniformed officers who will be patrolling the nearby areas.

“We are still working with partner agencies to get those residents who have been displaced back into their homes as safely and soon as possible. A number of those residents have been provided with alternative accommodation by Oldham Council.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting 2564 of 24/06/2023 or


Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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