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Sunday 26 February 2017

Woman in her mid-60s dies in house fire

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Gardaí stressed that the nature of their investigation would be determined by the results of the technical and forensic examination. Stock Photo: PA
Gardaí stressed that the nature of their investigation would be determined by the results of the technical and forensic examination. Stock Photo: PA

A woman has died in a house fire in Cork.

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze in Bishopstown in Cork city shortly after 6pm yesterday.

Units of Cork Fire Brigade and gardaí raced to the scene after the alarm was raised by neighbours.

They became concerned when they spotted smoke coming from the house at Curraheen, less than 2km from Cork University Hospital.

It is understood fire brigade personnel equipped with breathing apparatus managed to drag a woman from the smoke-filled property in a quiet residential estate.

However, she was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman, in her mid-60s, is believed to have been the only occupant of the house.

Gardaí stressed that the nature of their investigation would be determined by the results of the technical and forensic examination.

However, early indications are that the fire was accidental and may have been smouldering in the house for several hours.

Irish Independent

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