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Mum-of-3 dies in inferno at family home

A mum-of-three was killed and two teenagers were injured in a house inferno in Co Wicklow.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at Monastery Grove in Enniskerry, where the woman in her 40s was found dead in an upstairs bedroom.

She has been named locally as Jackie Murphy, who was a well-known and active member of the local community.

Two of her children – aged 13 and 15 – were forced to jump from an upstairs bedroom window to escape the fumes.

They were taken to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin where they are being treated for minor injuries.

Another sibling is believed to be living in Spain.

Firefighters battled the blaze for three hours.

"It's terrible. It happened about 5am. The lady that passed away was in the house with her children who managed to escape through the window.

"One got badly burnt on the hands and arms going out but unfortunately the 48-year-old mother did not get out," Independent Cllr Christopher Fox told the Herald.

"They're very well known family in the area. They ran the post office there a few years ago. It's very tragic.

He said the family have not run the post office since the service moved to a different location. They used to have a shop along with the post office on Kilgarron Hill in Enniskerry.

 

EXAMINATION

 

THE DEAD WOMAN HAS CLOSE RELATIVES LIVING IN ENNISKERRY.

"She was very active in the community and in any issue that needed to be addressed," said Cllr Fox. Gardai conducted a technical examination of the house. It is understood that initial indications are that the fire was not suspicious.

comurphy@herald.ie


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