14/08/2014 16:54 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Philpott House Demolished: Family Home Where Six Children Died Is Knocked Down

Philpott house demolished: Family home where six children died is knocked down

Demolition work has begun on the family home where six children were killed in a house fire.

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

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, demolished. The three-bedroom property had been left boarded up since the children's deaths.

The children's grandmother - Mairead's mother, Vera Duffy – watched as work began on number 18.

An emotional Mrs Duffy, 55, said: "I'm here just to see it. The children will be resting in peace now.

"I'll be here every day. This is the first time I've been back since the fire. It's very emotional for me."

Philpott house demolished: Family home where six children died is knocked down

Mrs Duffy said she had not been to visit her daughter in prison since she was found guilty of manslaughter, and would be at the site everyday to watch the house be destroyed.

Workmen carrying out the demolition of the ill-fated house started the preliminary work of erecting scaffolding and carrying out safety inspections today (Monday September 23) ahead of the removal of the roof.

Scaffolding was set up on both properties, along with a corrugated metal fence, and signs put in place to inform the public of the demolition.

Workmen said that over the next couple of days work would concentrate on taking the roof tiles, lats, felt, and rafters from the roofs of the houses as part of the first stages to steadily dismantle them.

Mike Philpott and his wife Mairead. Pic: PA

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 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.

Mr Baggy Shanker, cabinet member for housing and chairman of the Neighbourhood Board in Sinfin, said: "I think we all welcome the demolition of these properties.

"Whilst the tragic deaths of the six Philpott children will never be forgotten, local people continue to move on and this is symbolic of the end of a very difficult time for the community."