Mick Philpott told me he opened the door and said the glass in the door was smashed. He said there were 'huge flames all over the stairway'.
He [Mr Philpott] told me he went outside, got a ladder and put it up to the window. He tried to break it [the window] using a tennis racket but it didn't smash. He then broke the window using a monkey wrench and he described seeing thick, black smoke billowing out. Mr Philpott told me the smoke was so thick that he had to go back down to the garden.
PC Cassidy was asked by the prosecutor, Richard Latham QC, "What was Mr Philpott's demeanour in hospital?"
"He was clear in what he said. He showed no hesitation and showed no emotion. He talked in a general way, like nothing had happened. He only showed emotion when family members arrived at hospital."
The court heard that at that point Mr and Mrs Philpott were aware that five of their six children had died.
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