Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Body found after laundrette blast

Gardai are investigating after an explosion in Killarney

The body of a Killarney businessman killed when his laundrette was blown up in a suspected gas explosion has been found, gardai said.

James Gleeson, 59, had been missing since the blast early on Saturday morning.

It is understood he was in the business at around 6.30am turning on the machines when the incident happened.

Health and Safety Authority investigators are on site attempting to confirm the cause.

Searches were conducted through Saturday and resumed on Sunday morning.

The hazardous state of the building in Kenmore Place had hampered efforts to find Mr Gleeson.

A number of other people were treated for minor injuries after the blast.

The explosion blew out the walls of the premises while windows in a number of nearby buildings in Killarney town centre, including a hotel, were smashed.

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