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Tuesday 22 January 2019

Medics fail in desperate fight to keep man alive after fire

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Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Paramedics desperately battled to save the life of an man whose home became engulfed in smoke on New Year's Day.

In what is being described as a tragic accident, the man in his 60s died after a small fire broke out at his apartment on Benburb Street in Dublin.

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene at around 9pm and had to break down the man's front door.

Advanced life support was provided in the lobby of the apartment block, but nothing could be done to save his life.

The man was then taken to the Mater Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

"The cause of the fire is under investigation," a spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade said.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, told the Irish Independent there was no visible fire from the man's apartment. He saw paramedics trying to revive the man.

"They must have been there for at least 20 minutes and it seemed they did everything they could for him. But unfortunately, the smoke must have caused catastrophic damage."

Irish Independent

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