Thursday 18 January 2018

Elderly man killed in house fire overnight 'was a very highly regarded person all his life'

Elderly man dies, his nephew (40s) suffers injuries in house fire

Cork University Hospital
Cork University Hospital

Ralph Riegel and Denise Calnan

A MAN has died in a house fire in Cork.

The man, understood to be 86 years of age, died after his home outside Buttevant in north Cork caught fire last night.

Another man, aged in his 40s and understood to the gentleman's nephew, was injured in the fire.

He was rescued from the house and taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital.

His injures are not thought to be life threatening.

Former Fine Gael councillor in the area Tom Sheahan said the deceased was "a very highly regarded person all his life."

"He was a lovely man and his family are the same," Mr Sheahan told Independent.ie.

"Everybody is shocked. He was a great age, and it is such a pity to make this age and die in this way."

Mr Sheahan said the gentleman was "very well known", a regular at Mass and was "very active, right until the end."

He also credited the paramedics and emergency services for their work at the scene.

Blaze

Neighbours detected the blaze and alerted both Gardaí and Cork Fire Brigade.

However, intense heat and smoke prevented locals from gaining access to the property.

Gardaí and fire services attended the scene of the fire at Knockbarry Cottages at approximately 9.30pm. The fire was brought under control by fire services a short time later.

The man was eventually removed from the blazing building but was pronounced dead before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

Substantial damage was caused to his home by the blaze.

While the cause of the fire is not yet known, there are no indications the blaze was suspicious.

A full post mortem examination will be conducted at Cork University Hospital (CUH).

However, it is suspected the man died from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Garda and Cork Fire Brigade experts will examine the property once it is safe to do so to determine precisely how and where the blaze started.

The Coroner has also been notified.

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