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Gardai launched murder investigation after rough sleeper dies in fire

It is understood gardai have reason to believe the fire was started deliberately.

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By Aoife Moore, PA

Gardai have launched a homicide investigation after a rough sleeper died when his tent caught fire.

Gardai were alerted to the fire in the early hours of Sunday in Mardyke Walk, near a public park which has increasingly been used by homeless people as the housing crisis deepens.

It is understood gardai have reason to believe the fire was started deliberately.

Officers from Anglesea Street say the man was unconscious upon their arrival and was removed to Cork University Hospital at approximately 1am, he later died from his injuries.

The State Pathologist has been notified and the scene is currently preserved.

The post mortem is due to take place on Sunday.

Gardai are appealing for anyone who was in Mardyke Walk area between 12 midnight and 1am and who may have witnessed any activity in the area or any motorists who may have passed through Mardyle Walk around these times and have Dashcam footage to contact Anglesea Garda Station on 021 -4522000, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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