Tuesday 22 August 2017

Elderly woman dies in Galway house fire

Members of the Garda Forensic Unit assessing the damage caused by the house-fire in Brierfield, Moylough, Co Galway. Photo: David Walsh
Members of the Garda Forensic Unit assessing the damage caused by the house-fire in Brierfield, Moylough, Co Galway. Photo: David Walsh
Garda: File photo

An elderly woman killed in a house fire in Co Galway has been named locally as Nora Wilson.

A widow in her 80s, Mrs Wilson (nee Dolan) died in the blaze which broke out at her home in Brierfield, near Moylough in north-east Galway late on Monday night.

Two other family members were in the house at the time and were removed by ambulance to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening. 

The fire broke out shortly before 11pm and had engulfed the house by the time fire brigade units from Mountbellew and Tuam arrived at the scene.

The bungalow was gutted in the blaze and Scene of Crime detectives and senior fire officers were yesterday sifting through the charred remains of the property in an attempt to find out how it started.

Local Councillor Michael Connolly said the area had been very shocked at such an unexpected tragedy.

“Mrs Wilson was a lovely lady and a member of a very well respected family—the salt of the earth”, he said.

Cllr Connolly added: “It’s a big shock for everybody and a terrible tragedy. I know it’s a relatively new house, so it’s unlikely to have been an electrical fault that caused it”.

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