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Man (39) dies after garden shed bursts into flames

A 39-YEAR-OLD man tragically died in a fire in west Dublin when a garden shed burst into flames shortly before midnight.

The blaze occurred in the back garden of a house in Fortlawn Park, Clonsilla.

It is understood that there were people in the house at the time, but it was discovered by gardai on patrol at 11.15pm.



PARTNER

Gardai said that preliminary investigations were under way, but they were treating it as a "tragic accident" at this time.

Local sources said that the victim, who would have been 40 this month, was the ex-partner of the woman who lived in the house, but gardai said that a positive ID of the man had not yet been made. Emergency crews, including three units of the Dublin Fire Brigade and an ambulance, were dispatched to the scene late last night.

The man's body was found in the stand-alone shed in the back garden of the house.

It is believed the victim was recovered from the shed and he was removed to Blanchards-town Hospital, but he was dead on arrival.

Locals were kept away from the area as the scene was preserved pending a forensic examination by members of the garda technical bureau.

Fine Gael councillor for Dublin west, Kieran Dennison, expressed his sympathy to the family of the man.

The house is in an estate of more than 300 homes.

Earlier this year, Fortlawn Park was the scene of another tragedy when a 21-year-old man died from a fatal head wound.

Father-of-two Kris Emmett was shot in the face at a party in his own house in the early hours of February 16.

Gardai recovered a legally held firearm from the house after the incident.



GUN

Mr Emmett had been socialising at No 101 in Fortlawn Park with at least three other people when it is believed that one or more shots were fired from a gun at around 3am.

Craig Mullarney (18) was charged with discharging a firearm and "being reckless as to whether any person was injured or not".

Mullarney, from Sheepmore Avenue in the Clonsilla area of Dublin, was remanded in custody.


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