Mick Philpott's House Torn Down As Neighbours Remember Children Killed In Blaze (PICTURES)

The Derby house where Mick and Mairead Philpott set a deadly blaze that killed their six children is being demolished.

Work on the semi-detached house in Victory Road, Derby, began just after 8am in a clearance operation expected to last several days.

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.

Most neighbMick and Mairead Philpott were jailed in April, along with their friend Paul Mosley, after being convicted of killing six children in the petrol-fuelled blaze.

It will take about two weeks to demolish the building

The demolition was met with a mixed response from neighbours, with some recalling happier times at the property.

Among those watching the digger pull the property apart was 65-year-old Peggy Perry-Tarrant, whose mother and father had lived in the house years before the Philpotts.

She recalled those happier times and said it was "sad to see it coming down" but agreed it was the right thing to do.

"There's so many good memories there for our family, and it's ended in such a bad way," she said.

"With every wall they pull down, it brings up another memory for each room coming to mind.

"We all think it's the right thing to do to take it down and when we walk on by we'll remember those kids and what happened there, and they'll never be forgotten.

"But then someone will build a new house for people to live in, and there'll be happy memories again."

"It hurts to watch it - it's heartache, but it's the right thing to do," she said.

"We'll have new life, new kids living there, and new memories."

Ian Huntley's house was demolished in 2004

Workmen are flattening 18 Victory Road, the scene of the deadly blaze, and neighbouring property number 20, said Daniel Walsh, managing director of Derby Demolition Ltd.

He said: "It's a bit emotional, especially for the area.

"I think most of them (the neighbours) will be glad to see it gone.

"I think it's really sad what's happened and once it's gone it'll bring some sort of closure to it."

He said it will take two days to fully demolish the properties, then work will start to clear the rubble.

Another neighbour, who lives next door to number 18 but did not want to give her name, said: "We want it all done and dusted.

"We want it cleared, then we can all get on with our lives.

An aunt of the children also turned up to witness the demolition.

Drawing on a cigarette and staring intently at the work going on, she said: "My niece, nephew and godson were in that house." She declined to comment further.

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 Lincolnshire resort.

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