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Philpott Killers' Blaze House To Be Bulldozed
Work to demolish the house where six children perished in a petrol-fuelled blaze set by their parents Mick and Mairead Philpott is under way.
The Philpotts were jailed in April, along with their friend Paul Mosley, after being convicted of killing the couple's six children by setting fire to the three-bedroom house in Allenton, Derby.
Jade Philpott, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, died in the blaze in May 2011 at 18 Victory Road. Duwayne, 13, died days later in hospital.
The demolition work will see 18 Victory Road and neighbouring property number 20 razed to the ground.
Mairead Philpott's mother, Vera Duffy, visited the site as workers put up scaffolding, fencing and netting around the properties.
Mrs Duffy, 55, said: "I'm here just to see it. The children will be resting in peace now."
Derby City Council said the demolition could take up to three weeks - one week to prepare the site and a further two weeks to rip down the buildings.
New social housing is expected to be built on the site.
Derby Demolition, John L Morgan & Sons, Maxplant and Ward Recycling have each agreed to donate their fee for the demolition work to Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre in Skegness, which provides disadvantaged local children with holidays in the town.
Baggy Shanker, the council's cabinet spokesman for housing and chairman of the Neighbourhood Board in Sinfin, said: "I think we all welcome the demolition of these properties.
"While the tragic deaths of the six Philpott children will never be forgotten, local people continue to move on and this is symbolic of the end of a very difficult time for the community."
Mick Philpott was jailed for life with a minimum term of 15 years after being convicted of six counts of manslaughter following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court earlier this year.
The trial heard that Philpott used petrol to set fire to his home to frame his former mistress during a child custody battle.
His wife Mairead and Mosley were told they would each serve half of a 17-year sentence for their part in the plan to set fire to the property.