UK couple face jail for killing six children in fire

LONDON (AP) - A British couple are facing long jail terms for starting a fire that killed six of their children, in what prosecutors say was an attention-grabbing stunt gone tragically wrong.

Mick and Mairead Philpott have been convicted of manslaughter over the May 2012 fire in Derby, central England.

The deaths of the children, aged 5 to 13, and the twisting saga that ensued have horrified and fascinated Britain.

Prosecutors said the couple hatched a plan to start the gasoline-fueled fire and then rescue the children, pinning blame on Mick Philpott's former mistress.

The trial exposed details of an unorthodox life in which Mick Philpott - who had 17 children with five women - lived with both his wife and girlfriend in a small house.

The couple will be sentenced on Wednesday.