Farmer dies trying to save vehicle from fire
A FARMER died in a late-night blaze while apparently battling through smoke to try and retrieve his trusty 4x4.
John Lardner (76) perished in the fire at his farmyard at Bodane, near Tuam, Co Galway, on Wednesday night.
The fire broke out in a shed at his farmyard at about 10pm and Mr Lardner attempted to battle his way through the smoke to retrieve a vehicle parked inside.
He was unable to remove the vehicle and was overcome by the intense smoke and heat. Four units of the fire brigade from Tuam and Ballinasloe attended the scene along with gardai from Tuam.
Local people also rushed to the farmyard, but were unable to reach the farmer. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Several members of Mr Lardner's family live locally and the tightly-knit community has been shocked and greatly saddened at the loss of such a popular figure.
A post-mortem examination was scheduled to be carried out at Galway University Hospital yesterday.