The Westmeath car fire that killed a boy, 3, and a girl, 6, was treated as suspicious

A car fire that killed two young children is being treated as suspicious by Gardaí.

A three-year-old boy and his six-year-old sister died in the fire, which officials believe was started intentionally. The tragedy happened around 4pm yesterday near the town of Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath.

The children’s mother was also seriously injured in the fire. She was flown to a hospital in Dublin. Emergency services rushed to the scene but were too late to save the children. The girl’s body was discovered at the scene, and while the boy was being taken to the hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.

Gardaí in Mullingar are reviewing “all the circumstances” in relation to the tragedy.

The scene was examined by the Garda Technical Bureau last night and survived overnight.

The car was removed and will undergo further forensic examinations over the weekend.

The scene was also documented by state pathologist Dr. Sally Anne Collis is investigating.

dr Collis will perform autopsies on both of the deceased. The results and the forensic investigations determine the further course of the investigation.

Last night the mood in the Multyfarnham area – a small town about 15 minutes from Mullingar – was somber. One man said “everyone is deaf” as locals tried to come to terms with the tragedy.

GAA games at the local club are understood to have been canceled this weekend.

Sinn Féin TD for Westmeath-Longford, Sorca Clarke, described the incident as “desperately sad”.

She said her “thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and loved ones” of the deceased.

“Thoughts also go to the emergency services and everyone who came to their aid,” Ms Clarke added.

Brian Crum, Fianna Fáil representative for Multyfarnham, said the thoughts and “sincere condolences” of everyone in the area are with the affected family.

“You hear about tragedies like this in other countries or in other countries, but you never expect something like this to happen where you’re from or know how it feels until it comes from your own area — especially when you have kids by yourself. Multyfarnham is a very close-knit community, everyone sticks together and helps each other. This tragedy will be felt throughout the community,” Mr Crum told The Westmeath car fire that killed a boy, 3, and a girl, 6, was treated as suspicious

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