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Philpott house demolition begins
Workers are to start pulling down the old family home where two parents set a deadly fire which killed their children.
Demolition is set to begin at the fire-damaged semi-detached house in Victory Road, Derby, after preparation work started last week.
Parents Mick and Mairead Philpott were jailed in April, with friend Paul Mosley, after being convicted of killing the couple's six children in the petrol-fuelled blaze in Allenton.
Jade Philpott, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, died in the blaze in May 2012. Duwayne, 13, died days later in hospital.
The demolition work will see 18 Victory Road, the scene of the tragedy, and neighbouring property number 20 flattened.
Last week, as workmen put up scaffolding around both properties, Mairead's mother Vera Duffy briefly visited the scene to witness the work going on.
The 55-year-old said: "I'm here just to see it.
"The children will be resting in peace now."
Derby City Council said demolition is likely to take up to two weeks, beginning with the outbuildings and roofing structures.
New social housing is expected to be built on the site in due course.
Derby Demolition Ltd, John L Morgan & Sons, Maxplant Ltd and Ward Recycling have each agreed to donate their fee for the demolition work to Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre in Skegness, which provides disadvantaged local children with holidays in the town.