Woman and three children have died after fire in Dublin

Two others are in a critical condition following the blaze at an apartment in Clondalkin

Woman and three children have died after fire in Dublin

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Updated 18:15

A young boy has become the fourth victim of last nights tragic fire in Dublin.

The 4-year-old died in hospital today following the blaze at an apartment in Clondalkin.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the fire at Cluainin Cronan at around 2.30am this morning.

The unit in Clondalkin was being used as temporary accommodation for victims of domestic abuse.

Five people were in the apartment at the time of the fire - two women and three children.

A 27-year-old woman and two young girls - aged 2 and 3 - were taken to Tallaght Hospital. They were pronounced dead a short time later.

A woman in her 30s was taken to St James's  Hospital and a 4-year-old boy were taken to Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin.

The woman's condition is described as critical.

Seven residents of nearby apartments were evacuated.

Speaking this morning, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny issued a message of condolence to the victims of the fire:

“I want to tender our sympathy on the death of a young mother and two young girls who lost their lives from smoke inhalation in a fire early this morning and to the others who have been injured,” he said.

The scene is sealed off, and a technical team has arrived to carry out an investigation. At this early stage, the fire is believed to have been the result of an electrical fault. 

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Clondalkin Garda Station on 01-666-7600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111, or any Garda Station.

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Tragic loss of life

Sonas Domestic Violence Charity expressed 'devastation' over the deaths in their Clondalkin supported housing complex.

Sonas CEO Fiona Ryan said: “Our sympathies and condolences are with the relatives and friends of the deceased and all those impacted by this awful tragedy. We are devastated by the tragic loss of life which occurred as a result of fire in an apartment in our supported housing complex in Clondalkin.

"We are currently supporting other families in the apartment complex including those unable to return to their homes because of fire damage for whom we are sourcing alternative accommodation."

She added they are working with the relevant authorities, and requested privacy for all the families residing in the complex.

Locals and neighbours have been arriving with flowers at the scene of the tragedy.

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin said: "The people here in Kilcronan are numb with shock and sadness at this devastating loss of life.

“My thoughts are with the bereaved families, friends, and members of this tight-knit local community this morning," he added.

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone said her "thoughts and prayers [are] with all affected by Clondalkin fire".

Conor Feehan of the Irish Independent is at the scene.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast, he explained: "It's believed that everybody in the apartment was asleep when this fire broke out.

"It's our understanding at the moment that the woman who died is the mother of one of the girls who also died, and that the woman who is in critical condition in James's Hospital at the moment is the mother of the second girl who died in the fire."

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