Fatal fire scene preserved

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GARDAÍ are investigating a fatal house fire at a house, on the campus grounds of the University of Limerick.

An elderly man, in his late 80s/early 90s, and understood to have been an academic, perished in the blaze.

The fire broke out at a house at Kilmurry Village shortly before midnight and the man’s body remains at the scene pending further garda and pathology enquiries.

Fire Service control received the alert at 11:41pm and dispatched four tender units including a high-rise platform, from Limerick City, and from Cappamore, in the county.

Firefighters attached to the Limerick City and County Fire Service spent five hours at the scene, putting out the fire and damping down the scene before returning to their bases after 5am this morning.

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Gardaí remain at the scene and are investigating all of the circumstances in relation to the cause of the fire.

A Garda spokesman confirmed Gardaí were alerted “at approximately 11:45pm of a report of a fire at a residence in the Kilmurry Village area of Limerick city” and that “a male was subsequently located deceased in the residence”.

“The body remains at the scene. The scene is currently preserved and a technical examination will be conducted today (Friday 21st June 2024),” the Garda spokesman said.

“A post-mortem examination will be arranged and the results of this, along with the findings of the technical examination, will determine the course of the Garda investigation.”

The University of Limerick has been asked for comment.