A WOMAN and two children have died in a house fire at an apartment complex in Ireland overnight.
Gardaí and Fire Brigade services attended the scene of the fire at Cluainin Cronan, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 at approximately 2.30am this morning, March 8.
Five people were in the apartment at the time of the fire, two adult females and two young girls and one young boy.
A 27-year-old female and the two young girls, aged two and three, were taken to Tallaght Hospital where they were pronounced dead a short time later.
The second woman, aged in her 30s, was taken to St James Hospital while the four year old boy was taken to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.
Their condition is described as critical.
Seven residents of nearby apartments have been evacuated and the scene has been sealed off awaiting a technical examination later today.
Dublin Fire Brigade shared their condolences to the friends and family of the deceased on Twitter.
Sadly, we were called to a tragic fire in #Clondalkin in the early hours. Our thoughts are with the families, friends & local community.
— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) March 8, 2017