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'Tragic accidents' as two die in separate apartment blazes

Olivia Kelleher and Breda Heffernan

Published 15/02/2010 | 05:00

THE deaths of two people in separate apartment fires over the past few days are being treated as "tragic accidents".

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The young man who died after a fire broke out in his apartment in Cobh, Co Cork, has been named locally as 23-year-old Shane O'Mahony.

It is believed that Mr O'Mahony was overcome by smoke fumes while he was cooking in the kitchen in his flat at Bunratty House, Rushbrooke, in the early hours of Friday morning.

His body was not discovered until later that evening. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Mr O'Mahony's remains were removed to Cork University Hospital for a post-mortem examination. Mayor of Cobh Paddy Whitty described the passing of the young man as a "very tragic situation".

"I am very sorry for the family and send my condolences on behalf of Cobh Town Council," he added.

A 44-year-old woman was the second fatality. She was alone in her first-floor apartment on Woodhazel Terrace in Ballymun, Dublin, when a fire broke out at around 7.30am on Saturday.

Four units of the Dublin Fire Brigade rushed to the apartment, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gardai are understood to be treating it as a tragic accident.

Yesterday friends placed flowers outside the apartment.

Meanwhile, in Cork city, a fire gutted the site of a closed pub at the Lough on Friday. The Lough Tavern, vacant for three years, went up in flames shortly after 10pm. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Irish Independent

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