| 11.7°C Dublin

Home-blaze mum loses second son (4)

A FOUR-year-old boy plucked from a burning house has lost his battle for life just hours after his injured mother was told his younger brother had died.

Calvin Ellard died at Cork University Hospital (CUH) at 2.10pm yesterday -- four days after he was dragged free by fire fighters from his burning home in Wilton.

His brother, Cian (2), was rescued by paramedics to CUH but was pronounced dead shortly after last Sunday morning.

The boys' mother, Stacey Ellard (26), remains in a serious but stable condition in CUH. Calvin died just a few hours after Stacey's family were finally able to break the news to her of Cian's death.

The devastated mother was being comforted last night by her parents Denis and Ann and her partner Ricky Punch, who is serving a custodial sentence in Cork Prison for drugs offences.

However, he was granted temporary compassionate release when news of the tragic fire emerged.

Mr Punch had maintained a vigil over the past four days at his wife's and son's bedsides.

Calvin started primary school in September -- and Stacey had already organised Halloween outfits for the two boys so they could go trick or treating.

Neighbours were alerted to the fire at the family's home at 106 Elm Park, Wilton shortly before 4am on Sunday.

Two male neighbours smashed in a window and door in a desperate but bid to rescue the mother and children. But they were unable to fight their way past the dense smoke which filled the hallway.

The fire began in the kitchen and investigators have focused on an electrical fault.

Stacey, Calvin and Cian were discovered lying in the same bed in an upstairs room. They were asleep when the fire broke out.