Friday 24 November 2017

Fatal fire believed to have started in bedroom of house

Investigators at the scene of the fatal house fire in Gort, Co Galway
Investigators at the scene of the fatal house fire in Gort, Co Galway
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

TWO people, including a mother-of-four, have died in a house fire in Gort, Co Galway.

The fire broke out at the house on Station Road in the centre of town just before 3am this morning.

Four tenders of the fire brigade from Gort and Loughrea attended the scene and battled the blaze for over two hours. The body of a 65-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were taken from the scene.

The deceased woman was originally from Dublin but had been living in the Galway town for some time. It is believed the man was from England. They were not related

"She was a very quiet woman and kept very much to herself. We would not have seen either of them very often but just knew they had been living there," said one local.

Another told how she was awoken by the flashing lights of the fire brigade at about 4am this morning.

"I had no idea what was happening and then I was told this morning who it was. It's very sad," she added.

The bodies of the two victims were recovered from a bedroom and the living room of the house. It is understood nobody else was in the house at the time.

Gardai and fire crews believe the fire may have originated in the bedroom of the house. The entire terraced house was destroyed during the blaze but fire crews worked tirelessly to ensure the blaze did not spread to neighbouring houses and businesses.

The house backs onto the yard of a local supply shop which stores gas cylinders in their yard. While locals were concerned that the cylinders might have exploded during the blaze, a member of the fire brigade insisted that the fire was contained to the house at all time.

The scene of the fire remains sealed off this morning and gardai will carry out a technical examination of the building.

The fire is not being treated as suspicious at this point.

The bodies have now been removed from the scene and have been taken University Hospital Galway where a post mortem examination will take place today.

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