Dana nephew dies in fume-filled home
Sisters of victim raised alarm
The man who died in a suspected toxic gas incident in Co Fermanagh yesterday was a relative of Eurovision song contest winner Dana, it emerged last night.
A post-mortem is due to be carried out to determine exactly what caused the death of leading estate agent Killian Scallon and left his wife Pauline fighting for her life.
Mr Scallon was found dead by relatives at his fume-filled home on the outskirts of Irvinestown yesterday morning.
His wife was rushed to hospital and remained in a critical condition last night. She was taken first to the Erne Hospital but later transferred to the Royal Victoria in Belfast.
Mr Scallon, a father-of-two in his 50s, was a nephew of Dana through her husband. Dana’s married name is Rosemary Scallon.
Police said last night they are not treating the incident as suspicious.
A PSNI spokesman added that a definite cause for the tragedy would not be known until a full forensic examination is completed.
It is understood the alarm was raised by Mr Scallon’s sisters, Louise and Siobhan.
They had gone to his home on the Kesh Road, around two miles outside Irvinestown yesterday morning, after being unable to make contact with their brother.
Mr Scallon’s wife, who is understood to be from Sixmilecross in Co Tyrone, was found lying in the house and was taken to the Erne Hospital.
Tests will now be carried out to establish what happened, while a post-mortem is expected to take place on Mr Scallon’s body later today. It is believed the couple were overcome by fumes.
Witnesses described a sooty, smoky smell inside the property, while upstairs windows were left open throughout the afternoon.
The Scallons have two children. James, a second year university student in Newcastle, and Laura, who lives in Dublin.
They were being comforted by relatives last night.
Prayers for the Scallon family were said during Mass last night.
Parish priest Fr Michael McGourty said the community had been shaken by the news.
“Everybody is stunned and dumfounded,” he told the Belfast Telegraph. “It has come as a terrible shock, especially with Pauline being so critically ill.
“I’ve spoken with the family and they are in a state of shock.
“Killian would have been in contact with his mother and father most days and, when he didn’t contact them on Wednesday, they began to get suspicious.
“His sisters Louise and Siobhan and Siobhan’s husband went round yesterday morning and that is when Killian and his wife were found.”
Family members were too upset to speak but neighbours described their shock at the tragedy.
One man who lives opposite the scene said: “The first we knew of it was when the police arrived — it’s just come as an awful shock.”
Friends and neighbours watched from the side of the road as Mr Scallon’s body was removed in a hearse yesterday evening.
Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott, who is MLA for the area and a close friend of Mr Scallon, said his death was “an absolute tragedy”.
“The family have been living in the Irvinestown area for generations,” he said. “They are well-known business people and are very popular.
“Quite often the town seemed to revolve around the family, and it will be in mourning tonight.”
Yesterday’s tragedy comes three months after teenage friends Neil McFerran and Aaron Davidson died following a suspected carbon monoxide leak in Castlerock.