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REVEALED: The 10 members of extended family wiped out in horrific blaze

NewsBy Patrick O'Connell
Shocked locals have been leaving flowers at the scene
Shocked locals have been leaving flowers at the scene

Three people, including a six-year-old boy, are in hospital today after the horrific Carrickmines fire wiped out 10 members of the one extended family.

Little Mick Connors is on life support in Crumlin Children’s Hospital battling for his life after being overcome by smoke in the blaze that killed his parents and three siblings as well as five others.

Two other adults are being treated for burns  and smoke inhalation.

Willie Lynch, his four-month-pregnant partner Tara Gilbert and their daughters Jodie (9) and Kelsey (4) are believed to be among the dead after the fire incinerated a home they were staying in at the Glenamuck Road halting site in the South Dublin suburb.

Among those also feared dead are Willie’s sister Sylvia, her husband Thomas Connors and their children Jim (5) Christy (2) and Mary (5 months).

Thirty-nine-year-old Jimmy Lynch– Sylvia and Willie’s brother – is also feared to have died in the tragedy.

Locals at the scene yesterday afternoon

Investigations into the cause of the blaze and formal identification of the bodies are continuing but sources close to the family confirmed the 10 were at the scene of the blaze and are now missing.  

At the time of going to print, there is no indication of foul play.

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."

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