Gardai probe man's death in house fire
GARDAI are carrying out a forensic examination of a house fire in which a man died.
The blaze gutted the house at Cabra Park on the northside of Dublin shortly before midnight on Monday.
Three men were taken to the Mater Hospital and one of them, in his 40s, was pronounced dead on arrival.
The other two were discharged from hospital after being treated for smoke inhalation.
Three other men, who were in the house at the time, were not hurt.
Gardai last night said they were investigating the circumstances of the fatal fire and a detailed technical examination of the scene was being carried out by forensic experts to determine if there was anything suspicious about the blaze.
The house remained sealed off while the examination was under way.
A post-mortem examination is also being carried out on the body of the dead man.
Garda at Mountjoy have appealed to anybody with information to contact them at 01 6668600, or on the confidential line, 1800 666111.
Meanwhile, gardai in Sligo are trying to determine the cause of a fire which resulted in extensive damage to a group of derelict houses in a housing estate.
Neighbours living close to the maisonettes on Father Flanagan Terrace in Forthill, in Sligo, watched in horror as flames spread through the small terrace of condemned houses, at around 10pm on Monday night.
Yesterday, locals called for the buildings, which have lain derelict for two years, to be demolished.
Labour councillor Veronica Cawley said the buildings had been the subject of vandalism and previous fires.