A FATHER who lost six children in a house fire has thanked the community and the emergency services for their ‘overwhelming’ support.
Mick Philpott broke down in tears as he addressed the media at a press conference in Derby on Wednesday.
The fire at his home in Victory Road, Derby, on Friday morning claimed the lives of Duwayne (13), Jade (10), John (nine), Jack (seven), Jessie (six) and Jaydon (five).
As reported on www.chad.co.uk yesterday 14-year-old Michael Philpott, who moved from Derby to Clipstone to stay with family friends, is struggling to cope with the loss of his siblings.
Mick Phipott, a dad of 17, has a number of other children living in the Mansfield area.
He said: “We grew up in a community that’s been through a lot of problems with violence and to see this community come together like it has, it’s too overwhelming.
“Those poor gentlemen from the fire brigade who saw what we saw – my heart goes out to them. It’s not just us that’s suffering, it’s them.”
Mick and wife Mairead said they had donated Duwayne’s organs to save the life of another child in the hope “some good” can come from the tragedy.
Assistant chief constable Steve Cotterill, from Derbyshire Police, confirmed the fire was started deliberately after petrol had been poured through the letter box.