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5 children killed in a house fire

Police at the scene of the fire in Derby that killed five children Photo: ITV Central

Five children have died after a fire ripped through their home in Victory Road, Allenton, Derby in the early hours of Friday morning.

Eight people were removed from the house and emergency services 10-year-old Jade Philpott and her siblings John, nine, Jack, seven, Jessie, six, and five-year-old Jayden.

The children died after a fire ripped through their home in Victory Road, Allenton, Derby, in the early hours of Friday.

Their 13-year-old brother Duwayne, who was also in the house at the time of the blaze, remains in a critical condition in hospital in Birmingham.

The Police say it is a "complex inquiry which requires careful and methodical investigation'. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

The children were asleep in their beds upstairs in the house when the fire broke out at the pebble-dashed semi-detached home in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The father of the five children killed in a house fire has been named locally as Mick Philpott.

Police will not confirm the identity of the family until the wider family has been contacted. Derbyshire's Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said:

Our thoughts are with the parents and the family of the children for their tragic loss and for the community of Allenton, who would of course have known the children as they played.

Paul Davies reports on the police investigation into the blaze.

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