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Tragedy Garda probe after couple die in house fire in Co Roscommon 

At this stage gardaí are not treating the fatal fire as suspicious but are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

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Scene of house fire in Roscommon PIC Hany Marzouk

Scene of house fire in Roscommon PIC Hany Marzouk

Scene of house fire in Roscommon PIC Hany Marzouk

A man and woman died in a house fire in the early hours of this morning in south Roscommon.

The blaze was discovered around 2am at a house at Gurth, about 13km east of the Galway town of Ballinasloe.

The bodies of the couple, who were both aged in their mid-40s, were discovered inside the house.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Fire services from Ballinasloe and Athlone rushed to the scene which is located a short distance from the M6.

The bodies have been removed from the scene.

The house has been sealed and gardai at Ballinasloe and Roscommon have appealed for witnesses.

At this stage gardaí are not treating the fatal fire as suspicious but are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

A source said: “At this stage there is nothing to suggest there is anything suspicious about this tragic incident but inquiries are ongoing.

“Garda forensic officers are at the scene and carrying out their inquiries to determine where the fire started.”

Gardai said in a statement that they were alerted to a house fire at approximately 2am. The fire was brought under control by three units of Fire Brigade.

“Investigating gardaí have preserved the scene as they work towards establishing the cause of the fire,” gardai said. “The bodies will be removed to Galway General Hospital where post mortem examinations will be conducted.

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“The State Pathologist Margaret Bolster has been informed. Results of the post mortem and a technical examination of the scene will determine the course of the Garda investigation.”

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact the Roscommon Garda Station on 090 6437102, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


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