Saturday 19 August 2017

Three Irish people killed in London house fire

A firefighter and police officer outside the property in Laburnum Avenue, Hornchurch, the scene of a fire. Photo: Ann-Marie Abbasah
A firefighter and police officer outside the property in Laburnum Avenue, Hornchurch, the scene of a fire. Photo: Ann-Marie Abbasah

Catherine Devine and Ralph Riegel

Three Irish people have been killed in a house fire in London on Monday, February 6.

The fire broke out on Laburnum Avenue in Hornchurch, near the London borough of Romford in the early hours of the morning.

All three deceased are believed to be in their late 60s and early 70s and are understood to be Irish.

The dead include a woman, who is believed to be originally from Cork, and two brothers, both of whom have been resident in the UK for some time but have links to Dublin, according to the Romford Recorder.

Neighbours desperately tried to assist the trio but were beaten back by smoke and flames.

It is understood that the woman and her husband were visiting the man's brother in Romford when the tragedy occurred.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the two brothers died later in hospital.

An Essex police investigation is underway but the fire is being treated as a tragic accident.

Locals indicated that one of the Irish brothers who lived at the property had been in poor health for some time.

Family and friends had been visiting him to assist with his care.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters were called to the blaze.

The two men and the woman were rescued by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and all three were treated at the scene by the Brigade and London Ambulance Service crews.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said: “My thoughts and those of everyone at the Brigade are with the friends and family of the three people who have died following the tragic fire in Hornchurch on Monday morning. Firefighters worked extremely hard and did all they could in difficult conditions.”

A London Metropolitan police investigation is underway but the fire is being treated as a tragic accident.

The Department of Foreign Affairs told independent.ie that it is aware of an incident and is providing consular assistance.

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