facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Police: Fire that killed 6 kids arson

May 15, 2012 at 1:30 AM   |   Comments

DERBY, England, May 15 (UPI) -- A fire that killed five brothers and their sister in England was started by an accelerant poured through the mail slot of their home, police said Monday.

Investigators also found fingerprints on a window of the house in the Derby suburb of Allenton, The Sun reported.

"After further forensic examination we believe the fire was not accidental, initial indications are that it was deliberately set and, as a result, six children have been unlawfully killed," Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill.

Five of the siblings -- Jade Philpott, 10, John, 9, Jack, 7, Jessie, 6, and Jayden, 5 -- died in the fire, which broke out as they slept early Friday. Mick and Mairead Philpott were told Sunday that Duwayne, 13, could not be saved, and his life support was turned off.

Mick Philpott, who had a total of 17 children, was not at home when the fire broke out and had to be restrained from entering the house.

Philpott was involved in a custody dispute with Lisa Willis, mother of five of his children. A woman and man were detained for questioning and released without charge.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Bill Clinton hints he expects to be grandfather by first of October Bill Clinton hints he expects to be grandfather by first of October
2
Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house
3
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
4
School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked
5
Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback