Belfast Telegraph

House fire claims lives of pensioner and man in his 30s

A pensioner and a man in his 30s have died in a house fire.

The roof of the semi-detached bungalow in Tully East, Co Kildare fell in after the alarm was raised in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

One of the men was named locally as William Vaughan, 76, who was known as Charlie and owned the house, and the other man w as John Paul Flood, 33.

Mr Flood, who was from the area but was not related to Mr Vaughan, is understood to have been living in the house.

One of the men was found inside near the front of the house and the other near a bathroom.

The alarm was raised at 2.33am and gardai were first on the scene with three Kildare Fire Service crews arriving shortly to prevent the fire from spreading to a neighbouring home.

Investigations into the cause of the blaze are continuing.

Superintendent Martin Walker said the neighbouring house was also damaged in the fire due to the intense heat and from smoke.

"The house was engulfed in flames and the roof had collapsed," he said.

Kildare Fire Service crews from Monasterevin, Naas and Newbridge responded to the call along with two water tankers after neighbours raised the alarm.

Forensic and technical examinations are continuing to establish the cause of the fire but it was not being treated as suspicious.

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