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Man (60s) due to appear in court in relation to fatal house fire in Doochary, Co Donegal

The woman was killed in a fire in Co Donegal (Niall Carson/PA)

By Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Gardaí investigating a fatal house fire in Doochary, Co Donegal on Tuesday 12th April 2022 have charged the man, aged in his 60s, who was arrested in respect of an alleged offence of criminal damage.

He is due to appear before a special sitting of Sligo District Court this morning, Friday 15th April 2022 at 10.30am.

Gardai say that a man aged in his 60s has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

All circumstances surrounding the fatal fire are being investigated, gardai said.

The blaze in the Doochary area of Co Donegal, around 20km north of Glenties, was extinguished by fire crews at 4.40pm on Tuesday.

The body of the woman, who was aged in her 80s, was discovered inside the house.

Gardai said that the scene remains preserved and a technical examination is being carried out.

A spokesperson said: “The services of the Office of the State Pathologist have been requested.

“The results of the post-mortem examination will determine the course of the Garda investigation.

“A male, aged in his 60s, has been arrested in respect of an alleged offence of criminal damage.”

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