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Sunday 20 August 2017

Elderly woman (86) dies after fire at her remote cottage

Gardai investigate a fire at a house in Walshestown, Co Dublin where a woman in her 80's died. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate a fire at a house in Walshestown, Co Dublin where a woman in her 80's died. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate a fire at a house in Walshestown, Co Dublin where a woman in her 80's died. Photo: Arthur Carron
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Alan O'Keeffe

An elderly woman has died in a fire that swept through her home in North County Dublin this evening.

The 86-year-old lady was alone in her small cottage home in Walshestown, Lusk, when the fire first broke out at around 6pm.

Gardai said the alarm was raised by the woman’s carer who discovered the house was ablaze on arrival at the remote cottage.

Four fire engines and a water tanker from Dublin Fire Brigade were dispatched from Skerries, Balbriggan, Finglas, Swords and Phibsboro.  A senior officer arrived to take command of the operation.

“The roof was well alight and the fire had taken hold of the house by the time the first unit arrived from Swords. The crew could see the smoke from quite a distance,” said a Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman.

“Teams with breathing apparatus entered the cottage and removed the woman but she had died from her injuries in the fire,” he said.

The fire crews fought the blaze for an hour and a half to bring it under control. The house was destroyed in the inferno.

“The damage to the old cottage was so extensive it is too early to say where the fire started,” he said.

The victim had no immediate neighbours as other homes in the area were a couple of hundred metres from her cottage.

She lived alone in the family home and a carer visited her daily. A son of the woman arrived at the scene of the fire when the fire crews were present.

Gardai later cordoned off the destroyed cottage and the scene was being preserved overnight for an examination of the site by forensic investigators today.

The victim’s remains were taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown.

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