Ten family members including five children and pregnant mum feared dead in fire horror at Dublin halting site
TEN members of one extended family including five young children perished when a blaze devastated a Dublin halting site overnight.
Reports suggest that two couples and five of their children died in the blaze, including a four-month old baby girl.
All of the children feared lost were under 10 years of age.
One of the victims was believed to be a pregnant young mum of two.
Another uncle of the children who was visiting the site is also thought to be a victim.
Investigators are still sifting through the scene where the bodies remain today.
Two adults and two children have also been taken to St Vincents and Tallaght Hospitals suffering from smoke inhalation.
It is understood one family were only visiting the site for the night but did not live there.
The exact number of deaths in the tragic incident has not been confirmed yet as emergency services have to conduct a search of the area.
The blaze occurred in the early hours of this morning at a halting site dwelling on the Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines.
Emergency services attended the scene at 4am.
There is nothing to suggest at this stage that the fire was suspicious.
Speaking at the scene, Chief Superintendent with Dun Laoghaire gardai Diarmuid O’Sullivan offered his condolences to the wider traveller community.
“The southside traveller community are helping us by providing their facility at Sandyford where assistance is to be provided to all of the people who have been affected by this terrible tragedy."
He said that the youngest victim was only six-months-old.
Gardaí have appealed for anyone with any information with regard to the fire to come forward.
“We expect this investigation to take a considerable period of time,”
Sinn Féin councillor Chris Curran told Independent.ie the family were 'well-known and 'well-liked'.
"It seems to be around four o clock this morning a fire took place on the Glenamuck Road and there's been multiple fatalities," he told Independent.ie
The site of the tragedy is next to well known Dublin soccer club Wayside Celtic. The club cancelled a tournament and matches this weekend as a mark of respect.