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Post-mortem sparks probe into fire death of man (58)

GARDAI probing the suspicious death of a 58-year-old man in a fire are attempting to piece together his last movements.

The body of James Cahillane was found in the gutted house at Ardraw, Beaufort, Co Kerry, on Thursday morning after fire crews had battled a mystery blaze for over an hour.

Gardai have appealed for anybody that may have met or seen Mr Cahillane between 6pm and midnight on Wednesday to make contact.

They are also appealing for information from anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious or unusual around the townland of Ardraw, or in the greater Beaufort area, between 11pm on Wednesday and 2am on Thursday.

"The death is now being treated as suspicious and an investigation has been launched," said a spokesman.

Gardai initially thought the incident was a tragic accident.

However, the post-mortem -- carried out by assistant State pathologist Dr Margot Bolster -- found that Mr Cahillane had suffered extensive head wounds and a number of injuries that may not have been consistent with a house fire.

The father of two adult children, who lived alone, worked as a maintenance electrician with financial services company Fexco.

Irish Independent