As Sean, 84, killed in house fire
Tributes paid to popular pensioner as son is treated for smoke inhalation
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.
“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.”