FIREMEN who were called to deal with a truck fire near Tralee discovered a man's body in the blazing vehicle, an inquest at Tralee Coroner's Court has heard.
On the morning of December 29 last, members of Tralee fire service were called out to deal with a truck which had caught fire while parked in a yard at Dromthacker. Smoke from the burning vehicle had been spotted by neighbours and when the fire service arrived on the scene they found the truck engulfed in flames. As they tackled the fire they discovered human remains in the driver's seat. Garda Marcus Tuomey said it was immediately apparent that the person was deceased.
The remains were taken to Kerry General Hospital for an autopsy and a local dentist was able to identify the man from his dental records.
Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster said that, from her examinations, it was likely that the man was alive when the fire started.
Inspector Donal Ashe told North Kerry Coroner Helen Lucey that the man was in his own truck and was on lands he had been renting when the fire occurred. He added that the man had been seen in a local shop during the morning before the fire.
Insp Ashe said that a sum of money had been discovered wrapped in a jacket close to the truck, though nothing to identify the man was found at the scene.
The Inquest jury recorded a verdict of death as a result to severe burns due to a vehicle fire.