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Sunday 23 July 2017

Woman (86) killed as blaze rips through her isolated cottage home

The house in Walshestown, Co Dublin where the woman died. Photo: Arthur Carron
The house in Walshestown, Co Dublin where the woman died. Photo: Arthur Carron

Alan O'Keeffe

An elderly woman died in a fire that swept through her home in North County Dublin last night.

The 86-year-old was alone in her small cottage home in Walshestown, Lusk, when the fire broke out at around 6pm.

Gardaí said the alarm was raised by the woman's carer who found the house ablaze on arrival.

Four fire engines and a water tanker attended the scene.

"The roof was well alight and the fire had taken hold of the house by the time the first unit arrived from Swords. The crew could see the smoke from quite a distance," said a Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman.

"Teams with breathing apparatus entered the cottage and removed the woman but she had died from her injuries in the fire," he said.

The fire crews fought the blaze for an hour-and-a-half to bring it under control. The house was badly damaged in the inferno.

"The damage to the old cottage was so extensive it is too early to say where the fire started," he said.

The victim had no immediate neighbours as the nearest homes in the area were a couple of hundred metres from her cottage.

She lived alone in the family home.

A son of the woman arrived at the scene while the fire crews were still present.

Gardaí later cordoned off the cottage and the scene was being preserved overnight for an examination of the site by forensic investigators today.

The victim's remains were taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown.

Irish Independent

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