Man, 84, dies in f ire at Dundalk bungalow
A MAN who died in a fire in his home early yesterday morning was named locally as 84-year-old Seán McGee.
Garda officers were yesterday examining the scene at the bungalow near the Grey Acres Road in Dundalk, Co. Louth, as his son was treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.
The alarm was raised just before 7am yesterday and, at one stage, 18 firefighters were in attendance at the scene. By lunchtime, gardaí had confirmed that there had been a fatality.
Gardaí said the incident ‘was not being treated as suspicious’.
One neighbour, Séamus Farrell, said the fire had taken hold very quickly, and that the blaze ‘was up through the roof in a couple of minutes’.
Yesterday, tributes were paid to Mr McGee, a skilled stone mason and who was very interested in history.
Louth county councillor Tomás Sharkey paid tribute to Mr McGee.
He said: ‘This is very sad news for the whole local area. This parish of Kilkerley has lost an absolute gentlemen, we have lost a gentleman who with his family was embedded in the community for a long time.’
He added: ‘Our heart goes out to his neighbours, families and friends.’