GARDAI are investigating a house fire that claimed the life of a young mother-of-three.
The 36 year old woman died in a blaze that erupted in an upstairs bedroom of her semi-detached home at Pembroke Crescent in Passage West, Co Cork.
The blaze was detected shortly after 1am today but neighbours were unable to reach the woman in the upstairs bedroom.
Her children were not in the house at the time as they were staying for the weekend with a relative.
The woman has three children aged 12, 10 and nine with her eldest due to receive his Confirmation in two weeks time.
A number of her children’s pets were saved from the fire.
Garda technical experts began a detailed forensic examination of the burned house and State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy conducted a preliminary examination of the scene.
She is scheduled to conduct a post mortem examination at Cork University Hospital (CUH) this evening.
Gardai stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the results of the post mortem and technical examination.
The fire resulted in the upstairs bedroom window being blown out with several roof tiles also being dislodged due to the heat of the fire.