Friday 18 August 2017

Elderly woman dies amid care home blaze

A woman in her mid-90s died today after a fire broke out in a nursing home.

The Lakes Nursing Home in Killaloe, Co Clare, was evacuated when a blaze was discovered in a resident's room shortly after midnight.

The woman - who is understood to have received her last rites just hours before the incident - died as people were being escorted from the building.

She is not thought to have been near the scene of the first-floor fire.

Firefighters confined the flames to one room and staff and residents were allowed back inside shortly afterwards.

Gardai were carrying out a technical examination at the home to establish the cause of the fire.

Press Association

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