Irish woman in her 80s dies in Co Wexford house fire

Irish woman in her 80s dies in Co Wexford house fire

AN ELDERLY Irish woman has died following a house fire in Co. Wexford.

The blaze broke out around 6.30am on Tuesday morning in Ballyeden, Davidstown, near Enniscorthy.

The alarm was quickly raised and authorities rushed to the scene.

Gardai however said that a woman, believed to be in her 80s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

They also added that a man in his 40s was taken to Wexford General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The scene of the fire has been cordoned off and is undergoing forensic investigation and technical examinations.

Gardaí in Enniscorthy are investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the fire but it is not thought that foul play was involved.

The Health Research Board recently announced that between 2014 and 2016 there were 101 recorded house fires in Ireland with 106 fire-related fatalities recorded in closed inquest cases.

Their research found that elderly people were more susceptible to being caught in house-fires, with people aged 65 or over representing over 50% of the fatalities, despite the fact that this age group makes up less than 20% of the country.

The majority of those fatalities are typically people who were alone at the time of the fire.

It isn't known currently whether the aforementioned elderly woman was in the house by herself or not.