A woman in her 80s is fighting for her life, following a house blaze in Osberstown, Co Kildare.
The fire broke out at the home this morning, which is located between Naas and Sallins in Co Kildare.
The woman injured in the blaze was named locally as Millie McEvoy, the wife of the well known Kildare auctioneer Colm McEvoy.
She was rushed to Naas General Hospital under garda escort and her condition is described as critical.
One side of the house was very badly damaged in the fire, which appears to have started in a downstairs room.
Neighbours reported seeing plumes of smoke coming from the property as local fire brigade units fought the blaze.
It is not clear if Mr McEvoy was in the house when the fire broke out shortly after 11.30am this morning.