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Tributes paid as five children who died in UK house fire are named

Two people are being questioned after a house fire in the English east midlands killed five children, aged between five and 10, on Friday morning.

The scene in Allenton, Derby where five children died in a house fire.
The scene in Allenton, Derby where five children died in a house fire.
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THE FIVE CHILDREN who died in a house fire in the English east midlands in the early hours of Friday morning have been named.

The children have been identified as 10-year-old Jade Philpott, John Philpott, nine, Jack Philpott, seven, Jessie Philpott, six, and Jayden Philpott, five, who died on Friday despite valiant attempts by their father, Mick, to save them at the house in Derby.

Their 13-year-old brother Duwayne Philpott remains in a critical condition at a hospital in Birmingham while police have arrested a woman, 28, and a man, 38, who are being questioned on suspicion of murder.

BBC News reports that candles have been lit at a church service held in memory of the five children as one local councillor said the community was being brought together by the tragedy.

“In times like this when the emotion is felt it brings people together more,” Karen Hillier said.

Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill, who is part of the investigation said: ”People in the community have been very cooperative and I’m really appreciative for all the help and support we have had as we investigate this tragedy.”

Mick Philpott, who has been named locally, is believed to have 17 children and was the subject of media scrutiny in 2006 when he asked for a larger house from the local council to accommodate his wife, girlfriend and 14 children.

He also appeared in a television programme with former Conservative MP Anne Widdecombe in 2007 and on ITV’s Jeremy Kyle programme.

Derbyshire Police said today that they would be examining the scene of the fire, which broke out at 3.45am on Friday morning, as well as the surrounding area.

“Officers will also be making house to house enquiries along Victory Road. The 28-year-old woman and 38-year-old man who were arrested yesterday remain in police custody and will be questioned again during the day,” a statement said.

It added: “Mr and Mrs Philpott have asked for privacy during this difficult time as they continue to support their son in hospital.”

Updated: Woman arrested after five children die in UK house fire

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