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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Man (47) dies following fire at derelict building

Limerick University hospital
Limerick University hospital

David Raleigh

Gardai have described the death of a man following a fire at a derelict building in Co Tipperary, as a "tragedy" and are “not treating it as suspicious”.

The victim (47), who is believed to be a native of Eastern Europe, was found by firefighters in a disused premises on Kenyon Street, Nenagh on Thursday morning.

A second man (50s) who was in the building at the time, managed to escape from the blaze. He was being treated at University Hospital Limerick for minor injuries.

A local taxi driver passing the premises at the time alerted emergency services to the scene after seeing smoke emerging from the first floor of the building.

Three fire tenders from Nenagh and Cloughjordan put out the fire after fighting the blaze for 12 hours.

Firefighters discovered the victim’s body after entering the building which previously operated as a public house.

It's believed the deceased was a rough sleeper.

A Garda spokesman said: “A fire was reported at 1:05am today at Kenyon Street, Nenagh. Two males were thought (to be) staying at the premises.

“One male was removed to Limerick hospital with minor injuries. The other male (aged in his 40’s) is deceased and was removed to Limerick Hospital for a post mortem today.”

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, however a garda spokesman said they do not suspect foul play.

Local publican Breda McMahon, who lives across the street from where the fire occurred, said: “It's an awful shock to the community; It's very sad.

"It was a miserable dirty rainy night last night, and who knows, maybe that man was bedding down in there for the night.”

She said the building where the fire occurred had been derelict for the past number of years.

“Everyone is saddened. I'm sure that man has a mother and a father and a family somewhere. We're all deeply effected by it, especially because it has happened at (Christmas), when we all need love and affection,” she said.

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