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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Woman's fire death is third family tragedy

Brendan Farrelly and Michael McHale

GARDA forensics experts will today examine the scene of a house blaze which claimed the life of a middle-aged woman.

The fire broke out in a two-storied house on O'Connell Terrace, in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, around 8pm last night. The victim was named locally as Noeleen McKenna.

The body of the separated woman, believed to be in her 50s and who lived alone, was found in the house.

Tragically, a sister of the deceased also lost her life in a house fire several years ago and a son drowned in the Shannon.

The woman's body was later taken to the Midlands General Hospital in Mullingar, where a post mortem will be carried out.

Four fire units were sent to the scene. The house was sealed off and will be technically examined by gardai today in a bid to establish the exact cause of the fire. However, gardai do not suspect foul play at this stage.

A man walking his dog spotted smoke and raised the alarm.

Irish Independent

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