Wednesday 24 January 2018

Woman in court charged in connection with apartment fire in which two men died

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A woman is due to appear before a Cork District Court today in relation to a fire in which two men died.

The woman, in her late 20s, is scheduled to appear before Mallow District Court at 10.30 am today on arson and manslaughter charges.

The charges are related to a fire on March 13, 2014 just off Mallow town centre in which two men died.

Greg Lonergan (36) and John Palmer (37) died as a result of a blaze which ripped through an apartment complex on St Joseph's Road. Mr Lonergan had lived at a number of addresses in both Cork city and county while Mr Palmer was originally from Tymon North in Tallaght, Dublin.

Gardai and Mallow Fire Brigade managed to rescue a number of people from the area.

However, the fire spread with such speed that officers were unable to gain access for a time through smoke-filled hallways and rooms to a rented upper floor apartment.

When officers with breathing apparatus managed to get into rooms in that apartment, they discovered the two men.

Both died despite desperate attempts to revive them at the scene.

Gardai initially treated the fire as accidental but a major investigation was launched once the preliminary results of forensic tests became known.

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