Woman dies in a house fire
A WOMAN has died in a house fire in Cork.
Emergency services were alerted to the blaze in Bishopstown in Cork city shortly after 6pm
Units of Cork fire brigade and Gardaí raced to the scene after the alarm was raised by neighbours.
They became concerned when they spotted smoke coming from the house at Curraheen, less than 2km from Cork University Hospital.
It is understood fire brigade personnel equipped with breathing apparatus managed to drag a woman from the smoke-filled property.
However, she was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene before she could be transferred to hospital.
The woman in her mid 60s is believed to have been the only occupant of the house.
Emergency services remain at the scene. Once the property is deemed safe to enter, a full technical and forensic examination will be conducted to determine the precise cause of the outbreak.
Gardaí stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the results of the technical and forensic examination.
However, the initial indications are that the fire was accidental.