Woman critical after smoke fills home in blaze
A woman was overcome by acrid smoke before she could flee to safety from an accidental house fire.
The woman, who is in her late 50s, remained in a critical condition in Cork University Hospital (CUH) after the house fire at Willison Meadows in Blarney early yesterday morning.
She was found shortly after 6.30am when neighbours and emergency services became aware of the fire at her property.
The woman was found lying in the hall of the house, not far from the front door, which was filled with dense, acrid smoke.
Fire brigade officials had to wear breathing equipment to go into the house.
The woman was treated at the scene before being rushed to CUH.
She was in a critical condition last night, being treated for severe smoke inhalation.
It is believed she was asleep in bed when the fire erupted at the property.
Cork Fire Brigade units extinguished the fire within a short time of their arrival at the scene, but significant damage was caused to the property before the blaze was put out.
A forensic examination is now under way to find out what caused the fire.
However, the fire is being treated as an accident by gardaí.