Gardai rescue girl from house blaze
Two gardai have rescued a two-year-old girl trapped in a bedroom by a house fire.
The officers went into a burning home in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, after a mother and father and three of their children escaped by jumping out of an upstairs window.
The youngest of the family found herself trapped in a back bedroom after the others fled from the front of the house.
The fire had started near the front door and in the entrance hallway.
Gardai were on the scene in Grange Crescent on an estate in the town a few minutes after the alarm had been raised at 1.53am.
When the local fire crew arrived at 2.05am the two officers had already gone into the home and pulled out the two-year-old.
The gardai were being treated for the effects of smoke inhalation in the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar.
The mother, father and their children aged 13, seven, six and two were being checked by ambulance crews when firefighters arrived.
The mother was said to be in a serious condition in Mullingar hospital while the two-year-old and another child were taken to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin for further treatment.
Crime scene investigators have been called in to try to establish the cause of the blaze.