Thursday 22 March 2018

Neighbours look on in horror as woman (70) dies after house blaze

Flowers left outside Hilary Conway’s home at St Malpas Place, Clanbrassil Street, Dublin
Flowers left outside Hilary Conway’s home at St Malpas Place, Clanbrassil Street, Dublin

Paul Healy

Neighbours of an elderly woman who died in a house fire have told of their "shock" as they saw her being carried lifeless from her home.

It is understood that Hilary Conway (70) died of smoke inhalation - after a contained fire started in her house at St Malpas Place, Clanbrassil Street, Dublin, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the scene at 7am and made their way into the house and carried Ms Conway out on to the road, where they then attempted to resuscitate her.

Ms Conway was rushed to St James's Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

A neighbour told the Irish Independent how she was suddenly woken by "shouting" out on the road.

She saw a firefighter emerging from the house holding Ms Conway in her arms.

She said that she watched in "horror" as fire services attempted to resuscitate her neighbour, but that she knew she was already dead.

"I jumped out of bed and it was the fire brigade going in and there was quite a lot of them, around 10 at one stage," the neighbour said. "My kids were there too and were watching what was going on, but they told us to move them away when they brought her out to try and resuscitate her.

"I knew she was no longer with us and you don't want to have that as a lasting memory of someone you knew."

Forensic teams carried out an investigation yesterday in order to uncover what had caused the fire in an upstairs room of the house.

Ms Conway was described as "a nice woman who kept to herself".

She had lived on the street for more than 40 years.

Neighbours said that in recent years Ms Conway had become "limited in her mobility" and was therefore helped out by members of the community.

Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station are investigating the cause of the blaze, which is not being treated as suspicious, and are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 01-6669400.

Irish Independent

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