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Derby fire deaths: Two men arrested

  • 5 November 2012
  • From the section Derby
Duwayne Philpott, 13, Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, seven, Jessie, six, and Jayden, five
Image caption Six children from the same family died after the fire at Victory Road

Two men have been arrested in connection with a house fire in Derby in which six children died.

Derbyshire Police said the two men, aged 45 and 49, were arrested on Monday morning and were due to be questioned.

The children's parents, Mick Philpott, 55, and wife Mairead, 31, have previously been charged with murder over the fire in Victory Road in May.

Jade Philpott, 10, brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six, and Jayden, five, died in the fire.

Their brother Duwayne, 13, died three days later.

A police spokeswoman said she could not say what the men, who are from Derby, were arrested on suspicion of, due to "operational reasons".

Mr and Mrs Philpott are due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday.

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