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Family of Biddy O'Brien badly injured in Dublin fire 'praying for a miracle'

By Ian Begley, Robin Schiller and Conor Feehan

The family of Biddy O'Brien, the sole survivor of a fire in a Dublin apartment which claimed the lives of four members of her family, is keeping a vigil by her bedside as she fights for her life.

Her cousin, Joanna Moorehouse, said they are praying for a miracle.

"She's (Biddy) still in a critical state. All of the family are spending as much time in the hospital as possible and we're praying for a miracle of course," she said.

Medical staff were last night battling to save Ms OB'rien who is aged in her 30s.

Tributes were paid to the four fatalities, Annemarie O'Brien (27) - who was seven months pregnant - her daughter Paris (3), as well as Biddy's children Holly (2) and Jordan (4).

The number of floral tributes and children's toys left at the site of the fire in Kilcronan Avenue, Clondalkin, grew yesterday .

"There are no words at a time like this," one simple message of condolence read.

Those who left tributes included women from the refuge centre that Annemarie O'Brien had been staying in with her daughter Paris.

The site was visited by Tánaiste and local Fine Gael TD Frances Fitzgerald, who described the tragedy as "desperately sad".

"Tragically four lives have been lost so we're thinking about the families and the friends and the people, the young children, the beautiful young children," she said.

A number of items were removed in evidence bags from the apartment where the tragedy happened. Yesterday afternoon, a member of the Garda Technical Bureau carried out an investigation of the first floor room where the fire broke out.

Gardai said they are keeping an open mind on what caused the fire but one line of inquiry is that an electrical fault from a TV may be the cause. Shortly before 1pm, a number of gardaí lifted the contents of a large black plastic bag into a white van.

No funeral details have been announced for the four fatalities, who were all originally from Bray, in Co Wicklow.

Parish priest of Shankill, Fr John O'Connor, said the community would rally to support the victims' families. "I think it's absolutely awful. I was speaking to the dad of the two children earlier today and it's just so sad," he said.

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