Philpott fire deaths house in Derby is demolished

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Media captionMore housing is due to be built on the site of 18 Victory Road in Derby

A house where six children were killed in a blaze set by their parents Mick and Mairead Philpott has been demolished.

More housing is due to be built on the site of 18 Victory Road in Derby.

The final smoke-blackened wall was pulled down earlier. The adjoining property, number 20, had already been knocked down.

The Philpotts were jailed in April, along with friend Paul Mosley, after being convicted of manslaughter.

Clearing the remaining rubble and flattening the site is expected to take several more days.

One neighbour, a woman who lives opposite but asked not to be named, said it was "time it happened".

'Monument for wrong reasons'

"I'll be glad when it's gone because it's gone on so long," she said.

"I knew the children, you see.

"It's become a monument for the wrong reasons."

Another neighbour, who lives next door to number 18, said: "We want it all done and dusted.

"We want it cleared, then we can all get on with our lives.

"It gives me a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach just watching it."

Image caption Five of the children died on the morning of the fire and the eldest died later
Image caption Clearing the remaining rubble is expected to take several more days
Image caption Preparatory work had seen the roof removed before the walls were demolished
Image caption Social housing will be built on the site after plans for a garden were rejected
Image caption Mick Philpott was jailed for life after being convicted of manslaughter
Image caption Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were sentenced to 17 years for manslaughter

Jade Philpott, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, died in the blaze in May 2012. Duwayne, 13, died days later in hospital.

A court heard the fire was started in an attempt to incriminate Mick's former partner, who was disputing custody of children they had together.

Preparatory work started on the house last week with fittings being removed from the adjoining property.

Daniel Walsh, managing director of Derby Demolition Ltd, said they had removed the roof but the floors were intact.

"The boys weren't happy about going inside to pull it apart, because of what happened so we've left it to the digger," he added.

Contractors working on the project have agreed to donate their fee to Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre in Skegness, which provides disadvantaged local children with holidays in the town.

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