Thursday 18 January 2018

Fire tragedy boy (13) loses fight for life

Floral tributes outside the scene of the horrific house fire in Derby, England yesterday.
Floral tributes outside the scene of the horrific house fire in Derby, England yesterday.
The scene in Allenton, Derby. Photo: Press Association

Lucy Bogustawski in London

A 13-YEAR-OLD boy has died in hospital after a house fire that claimed the lives of five of his brothers and sisters.

Duwayne Philpott, aged 13, died in the Birmingham Children's Hospital with his parents at his bedside, Derbyshire police said.

His sister Jade (10), and brothers John (9), Jack (7), Jessie (6) and Jayden (5) all perished in the blaze at the house in Victory Road in Allenton, Derby, in the early hours of Friday.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said: "I am sad to confirm the news that Duwayne has died as a result of the injuries he suffered."

The children were asleep in their beds upstairs when the fire broke out at the semi-detached house in the early hours of the morning.

A 28-year-old woman and 38-year-old man, both from Derby, were arrested by officers investigating the deaths but were yesterday released without charge. Police said they were still treating the fire as suspicious.

Irish Independent

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