Man, 84, dies in f ire at Dun­dalk bun­ga­low

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Elaine Keogh

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.’

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