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Monday 18 December 2017

Girl (9) and grandmother die in house fire

Fatal house fire at Clohass, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Pictured at the laneway entrance to the house. Picture: Patrick Browne
Fatal house fire at Clohass, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Pictured at the laneway entrance to the house. Picture: Patrick Browne
Fatal house fire at Clohass, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Pictured at the laneway entrance to the house. Picture: Patrick Browne
Fatal house fire at Clohass, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Pictured at the laneway entrance to the house. Picture: Patrick Browne
Fatal house fire at Clohass, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Pictured at the laneway entrance to the house. Picture: Patrick Browne

Fire occurred overnight at the grandmother's home close to Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

AN 87-year-old grandmother and her nine-year-old grand-daughter have died in a fire which ripped through the woman’s home in the early hours of this morning.

The woman and the little girl died after a blaze ripped through her home before midnight.

The woman’s son, who is in his fifties, mounted a desperate attempt to break into the house and rescue his mother and daughter.

He was injured during the rescue attempt and suffered smoke inhalation as he tried to gain entry through windows which he attempted to smash in his efforts to rescue his mother and daughter.

Today, he was in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin where he was receiving treatment.

The nine-year-old girl was dropped off by her parents to spend the night with her grandmother while they visited Enniscorthy town for.

Shortly after leaving the restaurant, Aidan and his partner called to his mother’s home which at this time was engulfed in flames, with smoke billowing through the roof.

The emergency services were immediately alerted with four units of Enniscorthy Fire Services arriving at the scene within minutes. 

They fought the blaze for several hours before eventually bringing it under control.

Forensic teams arrived at the scene this morning to carry out an examination. It is not yet known where the fire originated.

However, it’s understood is not being treated as suspicious.

The house which is situated about four miles outside of Enniscorthy town just off the main New Ross road is surrounded by a newly built wall and trees, and is described locally as a real ‘dolls house’.

This morning, gardai cordoned off the scene of the fire to allow for a forensic examination. 

The road leading to the house was sealed off as forensic experts in white suits were working inside the building which was extensively damaged as a result of the blaze.

This morning the bodies remained at the scene of the fire awaiting the State Pathologist after which they will be removed to Waterford Regional Hospital for post mortem examinations.

Neighbour Jimmy Nolan described the 87-year-old woman “as a great friend and neighbour. She was a wonderful woman for her age, a great neighbour and friend.  She travelled lots to visit her daughter and still drove her small car”.

‘We are all devastated by the tragedy. 

"It was a dolls house with the cup of coffee and tea always available whenever one visited. Only a few days ago I cut her grass. She kept herself like a doll and was always so welcoming. We have known her since she came to live here having bought the house from. Her house is just a field away from my own. We are all devastated the tragedy.

"I also  knew the grand-daughter. She was a charming little girl, with a broad smile.

"The loss of a young life in these circumstances is so tragic.

"The whole parish, which like any small rural parish, is left devastated.

"They were a well-known and liked family who contributed so much to the area. The little girl on her visits always cheered up her grand-mother they were so close and spent so much time together.’

"It’s an absolute tragedy and I’m shocked that something like this could happen round here. 

"We hear about such tragedies and read about them but it’s only when it happens on ones own door step that the significance of such tragedies hit home. We are all gutted and praying for the family."

Brendan Furlong

Independent News Service

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