Elderly man dies in blaze at his home
AN ELDERLY man died in a fire at his home just days after being released from hospital.
Gardai are investigating if Michael O'Boyle, who was in his late 80s and from Seaview Park in the west Clare village of Quilty, was killed by the fire, by smoke inhalation or by a heart attack.
It is understood investigators are focusing on two possible causes for the blaze -- an electric fire or a cigarette.
Gardai said they were satisfied there was nothing suspicious about the incident
The alarm was raised at around 10am yesterday when a home-help, who had called to the house, could not gain access or make contact with the pensioner.
It is also understood that Mr O'Boyle was due to call to his niece's home nearby to receive his daily medication but he failed to make that appointment.
Mr O'Boyle had just been discharged from hospital in recent days and was receiving regular visits and assistance from the home-help.
Gardai were called to the scene and, after gaining access to the house, found Mr O'Boyle dead in his bedroom.
It is believed that the victim died following a small fire which was confined to the bedroom but he had tried unsuccessfully to escape the blaze.
Mr O'Boyle, who was well known in the local community, was an accomplished set-dancer and footballer. Locals in Quilty were "shocked" by the tragedy.