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Friday 18 April 2014

Mother-of-three dies in ‘inferno’ as two of her teenage children jump to safety from window

The scene of the fatal house fire in Monastery Grove, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

AN investigation is underway following a fatal fire which killed a mum of three.

The woman's two teenage sons had to jump from upstairs windows as the blaze ripped through their home.

This morning, gardai launched an investigation in a bid to ascertain the cause of the first - however, at this stage, it is understood the fire is not being treated as supicous.

At midday, the woman's body was removed from the scene and a post mortem is expected to be conducted later.

The woman who is in her late 40s was discovered in an upstairs room of her house in Monastery Estate in Enniskerry.

Emergency services were called to the scene at Monastery Grove in Enniskerry at 4.15 this morning.

Locals say the "inferno" engulfed the house within minutes, and neighbours desperate to reach the family could not gain access to the home.

It is believed that the woman's two teenagers, aged 13 and 15, were able to jump out the window and escape the fire.

Another sibling is believed to be living in Spain, it is understood.

One local said: "The fire was very severe. People are reporting that it was an absolute ball of flames and people outside couldn't get into [the family]."

"It's a shocking way to lose a life. It's terrible."

"It spread to the next house. I heard that her two children got out the back window."

The two children were taken to Our Lady’s Children's Hospital in Crumlin where they are being treated for minor injuries.

Gardai and Wicklow County Council have launched investigations into the fire, and the scene has been sealed off for technical examination. Fire fighters from Bray Fire Station had not yet returned from the scene at 10am this morning.

Neighbours are said to be shaken by the incident.

"It's a close enough community. Everyone knows everyone."

A spokesperson from Wicklow County Council said neighbours in the adjoing houses had to be evacuated.

"Two units of the Wicklow Fire Service attended the scene, one unit from Bray and one unit from Greystones."

"The occupants of the adjoining house have been evacuated and the Council is currently arranging alternative accommodation for them."

Geraldine Gittens

Irish Independent

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