A DUBLIN community has been left in shock following the deaths of an older couple who were killed in a house fire in Dublin over the weekend.
The couple, aged in their 70s and 60s respectively, have been named locally as Michael and Beatrice Hurley.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 10pm on Saturday night, where the couple's home in Beach Park, Portmarnock, had gone up in flames.
Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade were able to bring the blaze under control, but the bodies of Mr and Mrs Hurley were tragically found within the property where they had lived for over 40 years.
Their bodies were taken to the Dublin City Mortuary in Whitehall to undergo a post-mortem examination, and firefighters are working to establish the cause of the fire.
The Dublin Fire Brigade took to witter on Sunday morning where they confirmed that two people had perished in the blaze, and offered their condolences to the "families, friends and community at this difficult time".
Overnight firefighters were called to a well developed house fire in #Portmarnock. Crews in breathing apparatus fought the fire and sadly, the remains of 2 people were discovered. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and community at this difficult time 📸 file pic.twitter.com/0S98KIx0Nu
— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) December 6, 2020
Investigating Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the blaze to come forward.
Anyone with information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact Gardaí at Malahide Garda Station on 01 666 4600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.