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The house in Derby where six children died in a house fire is being demolished. The demolition has been underway for nearly three hours this morning, after workmen spent the last week preparing the house for its destruction.
Parents Mick and Mairead Philpott have been jailed for their childrens' murders.
Demolition work is underway on the neighbouring property to the Philpott house in Derby.
Preparation work to take down both semi-detached houses in Victory Road, Allenton, began last week, but the demolition has begun in earnest this morning.
Derby have sacked manager Nigel Clough after the team lost 1-0 against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
It was a third defeat in eight days for the team bossed by Clough, who followed in his late father Brian's footsteps when he took the job at Derby in January 2009.
Clough was the longest-serving manager in the Championship but the owners decided he had taken the club as far as he was able.
A statement released by Derby said: "[After] much consideration, the board feel it is time to move Derby County forward to the next level, which will necessitate a comprehensive review of the club's football operations"
The grandmother of six children who died in a house fire said they will be able to rest in peace now their former home is being demolished.
Vera Duffy, Mairead Philpott's mother, said she had wanted to see the start of the demolition process to end the tragic chapter in the family's history.
Derby City Council said the process of demolition is likely to take up to three weeks; one week to prepare the site and a further two weeks to take down both properties, beginning with the outbuildings and roofing structures.
New social housing is expected to be built on the site.
Demolition of the house in Derby where six children were killed in a house fire starts today.
The fire which killed the six children took place on 11th May 2012.
In April this year Mick Philpott, his wife Mairead, and their friend, Paul Mosley, were all found guilty of manslaughter following a seven week trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Mick Philpott was jailed for life. Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were both jailed for 17 years. Both Mairead and Mosley are appealing against their sentences.
The site will be developed into new housing.
Mairead Philpott, who was jailed for 17 years for killing her six children in a Derby house fire, has lost the first round of a bid to appeal against the length of her sentence, a Judicial Office spokeswoman confirmed today.
We can confirm that officers from Derbyshire Constabulary are making inquiries into allegations of further offences committed by Mick Philpott.
These allegations came to light during the investigation into the fire in May last year in which his children died. He, his wife and their friend were later convicted of the manslaughter of six children.
Investigations are continuing and it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this time.
Derbyshire Police have confirmed they launched an investigation into allegations of further offences committed by Mick Philpott.
Philpott and his wife Mairead were jailed in April after being convicted of the manslaughter of their six children. Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and Duwayne, 13, died following a fatal house fire at their Derbyshire home.
The father of Mairead Philpott, who was jailed for 17 years for her role in the house fire that killed six of her children in May last year, has said he does not support his daughter's appeal against the sentence.
Speaking exclusively to Daybreak, Jim Duffy said he "could never forgive her" for what she has done and that he believes she should have received a life sentence.