THE GRANDSON of an elderly woman who died in a house fire tried desperately to save her from the blaze.
May Flower (95), inset, died as a result of the fire, which broke out in the bedroom of her home in the village of Barry, near Ballymahon, Co Longford, on Wednesday.
Her grandson Jason (21), who was staying in the house overnight, raised the alarm. He rushed to his grandmother's aid but the elderly woman succumbed to smoke inhalation.
Locals paid tribute to Mr Flower. "He did everything he could but it was too late. He raised the alarm and called to neighbours," said one local.
The fire is believed to have broken out in Mrs Flower's ground-floor bedroom shortly after 11.30pm.
Fire services were called and the blaze was extinguished shortly after 3am.
Mrs Flower was pronounced dead at the scene and nobody else was injured in the incident.
Gardai carried out an examination of the house yesterday.
Mrs Flower had been living in the family home with her son William. However, he was out of the country on business when the incident occurred.
He travelled back from Germany yesterday after being informed of his mother's death.
"William was there with his mother all the time but his son Jason stepped in to stay while his father was away.
"They believe the fire started in her bedroom – they tried to get to her but by the time they did it was too late. They did their best but she was an elderly woman," said one local.
Mrs Flower also had a daughter. Her husband James had passed away some years ago.