A PENSIONER has died in a house fire that broke out overnight at a Cork property.
The deceased is a 90-year-old man who lived alone at The Court in Waterpark just outside of Carrigaline town centre.
Gardaí do not consider the fire suspicious, although a full investigation into the cause of the tragedy is currently underway.
Several units from Cork Fire Brigade were battling the fire, which was spotted just before 10pm on Friday night.
Units deployed included a special air support platform, designed to prevent the fire from spreading to the other part of the semi-detached house.
Residents had raised the alarm when they noticed smoke and flames pouring out of the windows of the elderly man’s home.
Attempts by neighbors to gain access to the property failed due to the heat and smoke.
While the fire brigade was able to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjoining property, there was considerable material damage to the main house.
The elderly man’s body was recovered from the home by firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus and tragically pronounced dead at the scene before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).
A full post-mortem is now being carried out at Cork Morgue.
The man lived alone.
Gardaí and Cork Fire Brigade officials will now try to determine the cause of the tragedy.
However, there is no indication that the fire was suspicious and accidental cause is the primary theory being pursued.
A file on this is being prepared for the Cork Medical Examiner.
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