Tuesday 20 February 2018

Gardai believe house fire which left elderly woman with serious burns 'may have been started maliciously'

Gardai in Louth believe a house fire which left an elderly woman with serious burn injuries, may have been started maliciously.

The woman, who is in her 70’s, was initially brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda but later transferred to St James Hospital, Dublin for specialist treatment for burns and smoke inhalation.

The house is on Chord road, Drogheda and the fire was spotted at about 1am this morning.

It is understood the female, aged in her seventies, was asleep in the house when the fire broke out.

When the alarm was raised, a man in his thirties entered the house and managed to rescue the woman.

A garda spokesman said they have begun house to house enquiries and 'are treating [the incident] very seriously'.

"We are appealing for anyone with information in relation to the fire to contact us," they added.

Gardai also praised the actions of the local man who went to the rescue of the woman.

His actions 'were essential' said the garda spokesman.

The rescuer was also brought to hospital with non life-threatening burn injuries.

The scene of the incident is preserved for a forensic and technical examination.

An incident room has been established at Drogheda Garda Station and investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Drogheda Garda Station 041-9874200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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