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05-16-2012, 01:32 PM #1
UK - Six Philpott children, ages 5-13, die in Derby arson fire, 11 May 2012
Amazingly sad case. (And strange backstory.)
Sobbing father of 17 who lost SIX children in house fire talks for the first time about
inferno which police say was started by petrol being poured through the letterbox (Daily Mail)
A father broke down in tears today as he relived the moment six of his children died in a house fire as police revealed the callous arsonist ignited the blaze by pouring petrol through the letterbox.
Mick Philpott was in the family home in Allenton, Derby, when the fire broke out in the early hours of last Friday morning.
The father of 17 was woken up downstairs by a smoke alarm and made desperate attempts to rescue his children from the inferno.
However, five died of smoke inhalation at the scene and Mr Philpott and his wife Mairead made the agonising decision to turn off the life support machine of a sixth in hospital.
The dead children were all born to Mrs Philpott and were asleep when the fire tore through their three-bedroom semi-detached home.
Steve Cotterill, Assistant Chief Constable of Derbyshire Police, confirmed that the seat of the fire was below the letterbox in the front door of the the house.
Investigations had also shown petrol was used as an accelerant, he said.
Smoke from the fire travelled up the stairs of Mr Philpott's home while he and his wife were on the ground floor.
Mr Cotterill said one potential line of inquiry was a possible 'personal grudge' against Mr Philpott because of his 'celebrity status'.
The 55-year-old hit the headlines in 2006 when demanding a bigger council home for his family, before TV appearances with Ann Widdecombe and Jeremy Kyle.
The was dubbed 'Shameless Mick' in 2007 after reportedly demanding a larger council house.
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05-16-2012, 02:33 PM #2Registered User
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I've been following this for days. Mr. Philpott was expected to gain custody of his 4 children from Lisa Willis (the girlfriend that left him and took their children) that very day at 10am.
One has to conclude that it was a personal grudge since none of the other houses were damaged. Mr. Philpott was despised by some for being a lay-about.
It's unimaginable that someone hated him so much as to not consider that a fire would most probably kill some members of the family, if not all. I guess there are no CCTV captures of someone roaming about the town that should have been home in bed.
Is this a solvable crime?
05-16-2012, 03:01 PM #3
I think it's a very solvable crime, and will in fact be solved. Godspeed the solution.
05-16-2012, 04:53 PM #4
Oh this is so sad.I can't bare to think about what it's like to lose one child let alone six......just heart breaking.
I hope they find whoever done this and are brought to justice.IMO its just a shame we don't have harsher sentences here.
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05-16-2012, 05:27 PM #5
Sounds like a grudge. Apparently, Mick Philpott appeared on Jeremy Kyle show with an mistress. I wonder if the mistress or someone connected to her had anything to do with the fire.
The arsonist(s) deserves to be exposed to nuclear radiation. Losing one child is bad enough, but six is beyond comprehension.
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05-16-2012, 05:29 PM #6
05-16-2012, 07:40 PM #7
I cannot imagine their pain. Six children perished in an intentionally set fire
I pray they find who is responsible.Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean.
We are all just trying to make sense of an unimaginable crime.
05-18-2012, 07:04 AM #8
The media interest in the case seems to mostly stem from outrage at his request for a larger council house, shock at the large number of children he had, and curiosity about the family's unusual living situation.
05-22-2012, 08:05 AM #9
Duwayne, 13, (top left) next to his brother John, 9, (top right). Bottom row (left to right) are: Jack, 7, Jessie, 6, their sister Jade, 10, and Jayden, 5,
05-29-2012, 07:19 AM #10
The father and mother of six children killed in a house fire were this morning arrested on suspicion of their murder.
In a dramatic development, Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, are in custody being questioned by detectives about the horrific blaze.
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05-29-2012, 07:56 AM #11
Just coming here to post this, what a shocker! Why? Did they set the fire to get a bigger house and didn't expect any casulties?
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05-29-2012, 08:15 AM #13Registered User
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Horrible! I studied abroad and stayed in Derby, ugh, what in the world?"Funny when you're dead how people start listenin' " The Band Perry (If I Die Young). Watch out for and listen to OUR children before its too late.
05-29-2012, 11:59 AM #14
Didn't expect this. And yet, and yet.
05-29-2012, 01:24 PM #15
I was very shocked at that news this morning. their grief at the press conference seemed very real. I wonder if they did it to get their new council house and for some reason did not think the blaze would spread as fast as it did and then it was too late?
if so, that stupid mistake will eat them alive. I truly thought they were devastated at the loss of their kids ...
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