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Woman dies in house fire

A woman in her 50s died in a Dublin house fire today.

The fire broke out at a house in Woodhazel Terrace in Ballymun (right) shortly after 7.30am.

Emergency services, including four Dublin fire brigade engines and gardai, rushed to the scene of the blaze, and it is understood that the woman was the sole occupant of the house when the fire broke out.

Meanwhile a 23-year-old man lost his life when a fire broke out at an apartment in Co Cork last night. Gardai said that a post-mortem examination was due to be carried out on the body of the man today.

The emergency services were alerted to the fire in an apartment at Rushbrooke Manor shortly before midnight. The scene has been preserved for examination, but gardai are treating it as a tragic accident.

Elsewhere, gardai in Dublin's city centre are continuing to investigate the cause of a fire in a 'head shop' yesterday.

The shop's owner has claimed that the fire was started by an arson attack.

Jim Bellamy, owner of Nirvana on Capel Street in Dublin's north inner city, said the attack came from "disgusting media coverage" in recent weeks.

"Somebody has taken the law into their own hands after the disgusting media coverage," he said. "We have been tried by the media, found guilty, and this is the sentence."

The fire spread to adjoining buildings, including the sex shop, Utopia 2.