Philpott house cleared

The former Philpott family home on Victory Road in Derby is being cleared, ahead of it being demolished. Its former tenants, Mick and Mairead Philpott, were jailed for the manslaughter of their six children in a fire there, last year.

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Jury hears how firefighters fought through thick smoke to retrieve bodies

Firefighter Michael Patterson tells the jury that while he was searching the upstairs bedrooms on Victory Road, he had to 'feel his way around' because the smoke was so thick.

He said that in one bedroom he had to lean across a bed to pull a body towards him and that he then noticed another body lying on the same bed.

He told the courts he cradled the children's bodies as he took them outside and laid them on the pavement where paramedics tried to resuscitate them.

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