Monday 18 June 2018

Elderly man dies after his TV bursts into flames

The farmhouse home of tragic victim Wilson McGirr in Raphoe, Co Donegal. Photo: North West Newspix
The farmhouse home of tragic victim Wilson McGirr in Raphoe, Co Donegal. Photo: North West Newspix

Stephen Maguire

A man has died following an accident at his home during which his television burst into flames.

An investigation has been launched after the incident at the man's home in Raphoe, Co Donegal.

The man, who was in his 60s and who lived alone, was watching television when it caught fire on Monday evening.

The man, who was a well-known and respected farmer in the area, has been named locally as Wilson McGirr.

Mr McGirr feared the television would set fire to the rest of his home and then managed to take the set outside onto the street.

Complications

However, it is understood he may then have suffered suspected heart complications as well as possible smoke inhalation.

He managed to call neighbours but then collapsed at his house.

Neighbours rushed to his aid and carried out CPR and an ambulance then rushed him to hospital where he remained in a critical condition on Tuesday.

However, he passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning. A post-mortem is to be carried out on the man's remains to determine the cause of death.

A neighbour of Mr McGirr said he was a quiet man who "did his own thing".

"Wilson was a lovely man who led a simple life and was a very good farmer.

"It's terrible to think that this is how he died. I spoke to other neighbours and they are all very upset by his death," the neighbour added.

"He was a very down-to-earth man who led a very ordinary life but was deeply devoted to his farming.

"He'll be missed by a lot of people, especially his neighbours."

Irish Independent

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