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Philpott Fire Killings 'Could Not Be Predicted'

The six Philpott children killed in a house fire started by their parents were victims of "a criminal act no one could have predicted", according to a Serious Case Review.

The Derby Safeguarding Children Board concluded that their deaths could not have been prevented.

Mick and Mairead Philpott and their friend Paul Mosley were convicted of manslaughter and jailed last year.

Jade Philpott and her brothers John, Jack, Jesse, Jayden and Duwayne died after their home was set alight in May 2012.

A statement from the board said their "tragic" deaths could not have been foreseen.

Mick Philpott lived for some time with his wife and former mistress, along with their 11 children.

The review found that the living arrangements at Victory Road were "unorthodox" but stated: "Although professionals recognised the arrangements as unusual they did not appear to affect the children and there was no evidence of difficulties between the adults."

The report considered a number of issues relating to the children including adult relationships, overcrowding at the house, Mick Philpott's previous convictions, domestic abuse, and media coverage.

"There were not concerns about the care of the children," report author Glenys Johnston told Sky News.

"In fact the children presented as happy, healthy, who formed good relationships with others around them.

"They were not malnourished, there were no concerns about the welfare of the children."

In 2005 and 2006, Sure Start staff "commented positively on the family atmosphere and the father's engagement with his children".

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[Text Copyright Sky News 2014]