Derby House Fire

Six children have died after a house fire in Derby. Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six, and Jayden, five and Duwayne Philpott, 13, all died in the blaze at their home in Allenton, Derby, on May 11th.

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Facebook appeal

A Facebook advert posted by Derbyshire police to appeal for information into a fire in which six children died has appeared two million times.

It's the latest move in the investigation into the fire in Victory Road, Allenton in the early hours of Friday, May 11.

The advert has appeared two million times on Facebook - viewed by 105,000 people and 2,400 people have clicked through to the Derbyshire Police website.

Five children - Jade Philpott, aged10, John Philpott, 9, Jack Philpott, 7, Jessie Philpott, 6, and Jayden Philpott, 5, died in the fire.

Their brother Duwayne Philpott, aged 13, died last Sunday in hospital.

The seat of the fire was below the letterbox in the hallway of the house and petrol was used as the accelerant.

All six youngsters died from smoke inhalation.

“The investigation team continues to view CCTV footage and examinations of the scene are ongoing. At this time we still have a large number of inquiries to complete.

“Specially trained family liaison officers continue to support Mr and Mrs Philpott at this difficult time.

"I would again like to thank the community for their response but would urge anyone with any information who is yet to come forward to do so.”

– Steve Cotterill, Assistant Chief Constable, Derbyshire Police

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