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Sunday 21 January 2018

Brother made desperate bid to save blaze victim

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

THE brother of a farmer who died after he was engulfed in flames at his home had tried desperately to save him.

Michael Kilcline (49) died after he caught on fire while in the kitchen of the farmhouse he shared with his brother John at Coolshaghtena, Weekfield, near Roscommon town.

It is believed his clothes may have caught fire while he was sitting in front of an open hearth at his home on Sunday night. Mr Kilcline had only returned home after spending a number of hours in Roscommon and was alone at the time of the tragedy.

John had left the house for a short period and discovered his brother engulfed in flames on his return.

He immediately doused the flames with water and dragged his brother from the room. However, Mr Kilcline was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services.

Gardai were alerted to the fire at around 8.45pm.

"They had lived together at the farm all their lives. It's very hard on him (John) now," said local councillor Domnick Connolly, a friend of the family's. "Michael was a lovely lad."

Gardai sealed off the property yesterday for a technical examination.

Mr Kilcline's remains were taken to hospital where a post-mortem examination was carried out.

Irish Independent

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