Funerals are scheduled for five members of a Brampton family who died after a fire engulfed their home earlier this week.
It was just five days ago, on the morning of Monday, March 28, when emergency responders were dispatched to Ali-O’Dea’s home on Conestoga Drive near Sandalwood Parkway.
Five family members, father Nazir Ali, his wife, Raven Ali-O’Dea, and their children, Alia, 10, Jayden, 8, and Layla, 7, died after being removed from the home .
Brampton Fire Chief Bill Boyes said emergency crews encountered “thick smoke” and flames billowed across the front and back of the building outside the home on Monday after- midday.
O’Dea’s mother, Bonnie, and two other occupants unrelated to the family survived the fire. The grandmother was rushed to a trauma center in critical condition.
The family are remembered as loving and caring, with Ali’s cousin Randy Narine saying he was a devoted father who lived for his children.
Ali’s sister, Bismah Ali, told reporters outside the family home on Wednesday afternoon that her nieces and nephews loved everyone for “who they were” not “for what they had”.
Now a funeral has been planned for the family with the option for the public to attend on April 2.
Interment is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Brampton Funeral Home & Cemetery located at 10061 Chinguacousy Rd.
Those wishing to attend are asked to park at Nelson Mandela Public School.
A morning prayer was also scheduled at the James Masjid in Mississauga, but members of the media were asked not to attend this event.
A GoFundMe created by Bismah has helped raise over $75,000 for funeral arrangements and memorial expenses.
“As a family, we are devastated to lose two generations in the blink of an eye. Our homes are broken as we mourn a loss we can never replace,” the GoFundMe page read.