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Thursday 17 October 2019

Woman in 80s found dead in armchair after house blaze

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Ralph Riegel

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal house fire in the south-west of the country in which an elderly woman died.

Emergency services were alerted to a fire at a property in Youghal, east Cork, yesterday evening and rushed to the scene.

The blaze was contained by fire services and the house was searched.

Sources said a pensioner, aged in her 80s, was discovered inside.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal fire is under way, but it is currently being treated as a tragic accident. The dead woman was discovered in an armchair.

Gardaí are working off the theory that she died as a result of smoke inhalation.

A post-mortem is expected to be carried out which will determine the cause of death.

Gardaí and fire services will also carry out inquiries to establish the exact cause of the blaze.

Emergency services remained at the scene of the fatal fire last night and the scene was preserved by gardaí.

Irish Independent

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