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Family fly to Oz for funeral of fire victim

THE heartbroken family of a young man killed in a gas blaze are expected to travel to the scene of the tragedy in Western Australia next week.

Kieran Tynan (22, pictured) perished when a fire spread after a gas bottle explosion at a farm near Perth on Saturday.

The young man from Lisacul, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, had moved to Australia just six weeks ago to look for work.

His body has yet to be released by authorities who are conducting the formal identification process and autopsy.


Mr Tynan's grieving parents Martin and Margaret have yet to travel to Australia, but it is understood that at least one family member will be doing so next week to have his remains repatriated.

The family is receiving consular assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Embassy in Canberra.

The gas bottle explosion occurred in a communal kitchenette of the Mackie Hay Plant, in New Norcia, 140 km north of Perth.

Kieran had been working at the plant for less than a month, and was housed, along with 20 other backpackers, on the farm for the hay-cutting season.

A staff member alerted the emergency services of the fire shortly after 4.30am.

None of the other workers were injured and the circumstances of the explosion remain unclear as no one witnessed it.

Sgt Ben Tomasini, of Wongan Hills Police, said. "The fire destroyed and gutted the building, the roof caved in and there's no walls, no floor as such.

"He'd only been there for three weeks but he was certainly well-liked and well-respected by his work peers."

Tributes for the young man, nicknamed Tiny, have been pouring on social network sites.

One of his brothers, John Joe, wrote:"R.I.P Kieran. You are the best brother anyone could ask for, always knew how to put a smile on my face."