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Ballina House Fire Claims One Life

The body of a 53-year-old man has been recovered from a house fire in Co Tipperary early this morning. Two women, also occupants of the house, escaped from the blaze.

An alarm was raised shortly before 2.00 this morning, when flames were spotted emanating from a private residence at Grange Road in Ballina. Fire fighters and Gardai were quickly on the scene and the remains of a male resident was later recovered and removed to the mortuary at Limerick Regional Hospital.

The Office of the State Pathologist has been notified, and a post mortem is expected to take place later today.

Gardai believe the male victim was overcome by smoke and got trapped inside the burning dwelling. Gardai in Killaloe are investigating all circumstances surrounding the fatal fire and the scene is currently preserved until a technical examination is fully complete.

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