Sunday 24 September 2017

House fire victim was home for mother's funeral

Richard McCullen

A FAMILY will face their second funeral in a week after their sister was killed in a fire in the same house where their mother died.

Susan Krings (34), who had travelled from Germany to Drogheda to attend the funeral of her mother Alicia Krings, died on Saturday after a fire gutted her mother's semi-detached home.

Coincidentally, there were signs of a small fire in the room where Alicia Kring's body was discovered in the same house a week earlier.

However it is understood the older woman, who was in her 60s, did not die as a result of that minor fire.

Speaking at Alicia Krings' funeral Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Drogheda, yesterday, Fr Emlyn McGinn told mourners that the victims' family and relations in Ireland and Germany had been left numbed by what happened.

He said the family would remember Alicia as a woman "with a big heart who loved her family and having fun". Susan, who had a young family in Germany, is expected to be buried alongside her mother in St Peter's Cemetery.

Meanwhile, garda investigations are continuing into the fatal fire which gutted the semi-detached house in Oakdrive, Termonabbey, Drogheda.

Susan's remains were recovered by a crew from Drogheda fire service from a rear bedroom.

Gardai from Drogheda tried in vain to get into the house to rescue her but were beaten back by the ferocity of the flames.

Irish Independent

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