Gardaí treating house fire in which man with mobility problems died as 'suspicious'
Gardaí are treating a house fire in which a man with mobility problems perished as suspicious.
The man died in the fatal blaze at his own home in the early hours of Monday morning.
A neighbour alerted emergency services to the scene at St. Macartans Villas, Carrickmacross in Co Monaghan shortly after 1.30am.
"The neighbour heard a bang and looked out of his window and saw that the house was on fire," Superintendent Alan Cunningham told independent.ie.
"He ran across the road and saw that the front door was slightly ajar. He attempted to save the man but was unable due to the ferocity of the fire."
The man, who lived alone, was involved in a traffic accident a number of years ago and his mobility had been poor ever since.
Gardai believe that the man is 61-year-old Gerry Marron but formal identification through DNA match will occur this evening.
Two units of the local fire brigade responded to the call out to extinguish the fire.
The man was found lying in the hallway of his home and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gardaí preserved the scene and a full forensic examination was carried out by the Cavan/Monaghan Divisional Scene of Crime Unit and The Garda Technical Bureau.
"At this stage we are unsure as to what caused the fire but we have our suspicions," Superintendent Cunningham said.
"Despite a full forensic and ballistic investigation we haven't been able to identify any accidental source of the fire."
An adjacent home in which an elderly woman lived was evacuated until the fire was extinguished.
Damage to Mr Marron's home was largely contained in the hallway area.
"At present, we are treating the fire as suspicious," said Superintendent Cunningham, who has appealed for any witnesses who may have been in the area of St. Macartans Villas, Carrickmacross between 7pm on Sunday March 20 and 2am on Monday March 21 to come forward.
Gardaí are also requesting that anyone who may have been in contact with Mr Marron or visited his home in the days leading up to his death to come forward.