Heroic sons save dad (86) from fire
Published 01/05/2015 | 02:30
Two brothers were being hailed as heroes after they rescued their elderly father from a house fire which authorities believe was started deliberately.
Patrick Brosnan and his 86-year-old father William were taken to hospital following the suspicious blaze at Gort Road, Corofin, Co Clare.
The alarm was raised at around 8.15am when thick black smoke and flames were spotted at the front of the semi-detached home.
Patrick Brosnan was opening the nearby church at the time, while his brother Thomas was on his way to work. The brothers returned to find a blaze in the porch area and their father trapped inside.
Thomas Brosnan was left blackened by soot but was otherwise uninjured. "I just ran in and got him out, that's all really," Mr Brosnan said.
It's understood there was no fire damage inside the house, which did sustain heavy smoke damage.
Gardaí are investigating the cause of the blaze. It is understood gardaí detected evidence of what appeared to be an accelerant.