Police in Britain have revealed that five of the six children who died in a house fire were killed by smoke inhalation.
Derbyshire Police said the results of post-mortem examinations revealed that Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, seven, Jessie, six, and five-year-old Jayden breathed in smoke when fire ripped through their home in Allenton in the early hours of Friday.
The blaze also claimed the life of their 13-year-old brother Duwayne, who died overnight in the Birmingham Children’s Hospital with his parents at his bedside.
A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said a post-mortem examination has yet to be scheduled for Duwayne and detectives are keeping an “open mind” as to how the fire started.
A 28-year-old woman and 38-year-old man, both from Derby, were arrested by officers investigating the deaths but were released without charge. Police said they were still treating the fire as suspicious.
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.
The children’s father, Mick Philpott, made a “valiant” attempt to save them, police said.