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Mystery apartment blaze kills two men

TWO men have died in an apartment fire in Cork overnight.

The blaze at the Granary Court apartments on St Joseph's Road in Mallow broke out just after midnight.

The alarm was raised at 12.10am today when smoke was detected pouring from the complex.

Gardai arrived at the scene and rescued a man and a woman from the building.

But when they attempted to re-enter the building they were unable to do so due to excessive smoke.

When Mallow fire brigade officials equipped with breathing apparatus were able to enter the complex, they found two men huddled inside.

Both deceased have been removed to the morgue at Cork University Hospital (CUH) for a full post mortem examination.

Gardai have cordoned off the scene and a full technical and forensic examination will now be conducted.

The man and woman rescued were both treated for the effects of smoke inhalation. Both are expected to make a full recovery.


The cause of the blaze is as yet unknown.

Gardai stressed that the results of the forensic analysis will determine the nature of their investigation.

Meanwhile, in Dublin a number of people were evacuated from a burning apartment off Lime Street in the south of the city early this morning.

The blaze broke out at the Whitaker Square complex at 6.30am and was reported to Dublin Fire Brigade by a local security worker who saw smoke coming from the roof.

Three units of the fire brigade fought the blaze and all the occupants of the building were accounted for.