Ireland Elderly woman dies in a house fire in Co. Longford

10:30  04 march  2018
10:30  04 march  2018 Source:   msn.com

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An 83-year-old woman has died following a house fire in Abbeylara, Co Longford . Gardaí from Granard were called to the scene shortly after 7pm yesterday evening. The blaze was brought under control by Fire Tenders from Castlepollard and Granard and the woman 's body was discovered inside

An elderly woman has died in a house fire in Co Longford overnight. The fire broke out in a house in the village of Barry on the Longford /Westmeath border. Fire services from Ballymahon and Lanesboro were called to the scene and the blaze was extinguished shortly after 3am.

Gardai Gardai A woman in her 80s has died in a house fire in Co. Longford on Saturday evening.

It's understood the elderly lady lived alone at the residence at Camagh, near Abbeylara.

The Longford Leader reports that gardai in Granard are investigating the circumstances of the fire.

At this stage, it's not known what caused the blaze.

Local Cllr PJ Reilly told The Irish Mirror: "My sympathies go out to her family who are mostly in England.

"It is a tragedy and so unfortunate her life had to end this way.

"She was from a farming family and she lived there in a family farm cottage with her elderly brother who died last year.

"The two of them lived there their whole lives together until he died.

He added: "It shows you the danger of the fire, especially to older people who may be using an open fire in cold weather".

Councillor Reilly said he believed the fire may have been started by a stove or an open fire.

He appealed to neighbours of elderly people to keep an eye out for them during the cold weather.

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