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UK parents charged for kids fiery deaths

2012-05-31 10:01

London - The parents of six children who died in a house fire in Britain have been charged with murder.

The children who died in the suspicious 11 May fire in the central England city of Derby ranged in age from 5 to 13. Five died immediately and one died at a hospital.

Police said on Wednesday that 55-year-old Michael Philpott and his 31-year-old wife Mairead have been charged with murder in relation to the blaze, which authorities said broke out after fuel was poured through the front door mail slot of the family's home.

Philpott has previously featured on British television in programmes about his extraordinarily large family. He and his wife will appear before Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on Thursday.