Wednesday 19 September 2018

Man (60s) dies following television explosion at his home

Raphoe, Co Donegal Photo: Google Maps
Raphoe, Co Donegal Photo: Google Maps

Stephen Maguire

A man has died following an accident at his home during which his television exploded.

An investigation has been launched after the incident at the man's home in Raphoe, Co Donegal.

The man, who was in his 60s and who lived alone, was watching television when it caught fire on Monday evening.

The man, who was a well-known and respected farmer in the area, has been named locally as Wilson McGirr.

Mr McGirr feared the television would set fire to the rest of his home and then managed to take the set outside onto the street.

However, it is understood he may then have suffered suspected heart complications as well as possible smoke inhalation.

He managed to call neighbours but then collapsed at his house.

Neighbours rushed to his aid and carried out CPR and an ambulance then rushed him to hospital where he remained in a critical condition yesterday.

However, he passed away in the early hours of this morning.

A post-mortem is to be carried out on the man's remains to determine the cause of death.

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