As Sean, 84, killed in house fire

Tributes paid to pop­u­lar pen­sioner as son is treated for smoke in­hala­tion

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY ELAINE KEOGH

in­di­ca­tions are that the fire may have be­gun in the part of the build­ing where the older man was sleep­ing.

Part of the roof also col­lapsed and the scene, and ad­join­ing road, were closed off yes­ter­day.

Neigh­bour Sea­mus Far­rell said Mr Mcgee “was great for sto­ries,” and he would re­call tales “from a way back”. He added Mr Mcgee had been a bus driver in Lon­don be­fore re­turn­ing to Ire­land and set­tling down.

Mr Far­rell had seen the emer­gency ser­vices at the house and said that very quickly the flames had taken hold and the blaze “was up through the roof in a Gar­dai at the scene, and, right, To­mas Sharkey

Fire crews and gar­dai in Dun­dalk, Co Louth, yes­ter­day cou­ple of min­utes.” The alarm was raised just be­fore 7am and by lunchtime gar­dai had con­firmed there was a fa­tal­ity.

A spokesman added: “A man in his 80s was pro­nounced dead at the scene and has since been re­moved to Louth County mortuary.

“An­other man (age un­known) has been brought to Our Lady of Lour­des Hos­pi­tal with non life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

GEN­TLE­MAN

“The scene re­mains pre­served and di­ver­sions are in place. The in­ci­dent is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious at this time.” Louth county coun­cil­lor To­mas Sharkey, who knew Mr Mcgee, paid tribute to him. He said: “This is very sad news just for the whole lo­cal area. “This par­ish of Kilk­er­ley has lost an ab­so­lute gen­tle­man, we have lost a gen­tle­man who, with his family, was em­bed­ded in the com­mu­nity for a long time.”

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